Charles Nwoke, Ibadan, Nigeria
November 21, 2020
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No fewer than three persons including a lieutenant of the Nigerian Army, Josiah Peter, were reportedly murdered in cold blood in a crisis that erupted between the men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and some smugglers in Igbo-Ora town, Oyo state on Friday.
It was gathered that the clash was between Customs personnel from the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, and smugglers in Igbo-Ora, a town in Oyo State.
Olugbemiga Fadeyi, the State Police Spokesperson, who confirmed the death of a soldier, silent on the other two victims of the violence.
He said police had commenced investigations into the clash that occurred between customs officers and some suspected smugglers in Igbo-Ora town which led to the death of a lieutenant of the Army as a result of gunshots he sustained.
“Information further received revealed that smugglers attacked Federal Operation Unit, FOU Customs at Igboora.
“In a swift response to assist the FOU team, the Border Drill Patrol also came under attack and one Lieutenant of Nigerian Army Josiah Peter was shot and later died.
“Investigation has commenced, please,” he said.
In the same vein, confirming the incident, Kayode Wey, Nigerian Customs Service NCS Spokesman in Oyo/Osun Command, who said that he was aware of the incident, however, did not give details of the terrible event.
Wey when quizzed to state the position of Nigerian Customs Service, said he cannot confirm if anyone died during the clash.
“Yes sir, I am aware. I have heard about the story from somebody as well. I also heard from somebody. So, I can’t give confirmation about anything.
“You heard it the way I heard it. Even a journalist has called me about this incident. And they said the same thing.
“I also don’t know, I don’t have any information. I cannot say anything concerning that matter, because, I don’t have any official statement on that.”
A resident of Igboora had earlier narrated that shooting rent the air and in the process, gunshots hit the three persons among whom are his neighbor, a customs officer, and a soldier.
He said the three people were hit by the gunshots, and died as a result of the gunshots they sustained while several other people also sustained injuries during the clash.