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OGUN: Irate youths set customs vehicle ablaze

There was pandemonium Monday at Ihunbo community in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State as three students were allegedly killed by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.

It was learnt that a vehicle driven by a customs officer lost control and killed the students who were waiting to board a bus by the road side.

Some residents of the community said the vehicle driven by the customs officer was earlier seized from some suspected smugglers along Idiroko road.

It was further gathered that some market women were also injured in the accident as the vehicle also rammed into a nearby market after the students were crushed to death.

Following this, angry youths reportedly descended on the vehicle and set it ablaze after which the customs officers in it took to their heels.

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The Ogun Customs Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Maiwada, confirmed the incident.

According to him, “I can confirm there is an incident that happened and our officers were involved and it’s very unfortunate that life is involved. But we are yet to confirm the details of what happened.

“However, the preliminary information is that our men were conveying a ‘tokunbo’ vehicle suspected to have been smuggled into the country; in which an okada rider carrying some students crossed their way. It was an accident. I cannot inform you about how many lives that were lost at the moment.”

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