One person was killed by a stray bullet, while three others were injured in a clash with men of the Nigeria Customs Service in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday.
The incident happened when the Customs men stormed the Kikelomo area of Ayetoro early in the morning following an alert of a smuggling activities taking place in the area.
The Customs officers, who stormed the area to evict the suspected bags of smuggled rice, allegedly fired gunshots which made the officers clash with Ayetoro youths.
An eyewitness said the brawl started when a young man, Sola, was allegedly hit by a stray bullet fired by the officers.
It was gathered that when the Customs men invaded the area, they were resisted by the youth, who mounted a roadblock to prevent the NCS personnel from gaining entry into an alleged illegal warehouse.
Sola was said to be appeasing his fellow youths to allow the officers go about their duties.
The eyewitness said, “The Customs officers were going to their duty post when some youths formed a roadblock to stop them. The guy, who was shot, was one of those that came to appeal to the youth to allow the officers to go about their duty.
“He was hit by a stray bullet when the officers started shooting.”
The eyewitness alleged that Sola and four others were feared dead during the brawl.
Another eyewitness explained that Sola was a 35-year-old transporter of goods, who plied Ilara, a border town in Imeko-Afon, and Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident claimed that only one person died, while the three others sustained injuries
The PPRO also challenged anyone, who could provide information about the other four corpses to have been killed, to do so.
Oyeyemi stated, “We can confirm that one person was killed during the clash between smugglers and the NCS men.
“We learnt that the Customs men wanted to seize bags of rice that were smuggled into the area and in the process one of them was attacked with a bottle.
“The Commissioner of Police has ordered the Area Commander and other DPOs in the area to move into the area and calm the situation.
“And as of now, the situation has been brought under control; there is no more violence in the area.”