Four ‘Killed’, Three Injured As Customs Chases Smugglers In Lagos

The Customs officers being challenged by a policeman
before they fled the scene...yesterday PHOTO: DAYO ADEWUMI
via The Nation

At least four persons were feared killed and three others injured yesterday after Nigerian Customs Service (NIS) officers shot sporadically while chasing rice smugglers. The incidents occurred at Moshalashi and Kola Bus stops at Alagbado and Ajegunle in Alakuko area of Lagos.

It was gathered that the Customs operatives, allegedly attached to the Federal Operations, suddenly started shooting sporadically into crowded areas. The four persons, who were said to have been hit by stray bullets, were commercial motorcyclists.

Among them, The Nation gathered, was a 25-year-old man identified as Saheed, whose wife was said to be pregnant. It was gathered that the operatives, who rode on four patrol vehicles, took one of the victims as they fled. They were said to have injured about three other persons who were taken to an undisclosed hospital.

The operatives while fleeing, threatened to shoot policemen from Alakuko Division, who attempted to stop them. A resident said the officers acted as though they were drunk.

Efforts to get the Customs’ spokesman, Uche Ejesieme’s reaction failed.

Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP) said one person was killed. “They fired sporadically and escaped from the scene. The dead body was evacuated to the morgue. Investigation is ongoing.”

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