A customs officer and one other person lost their lives in a clash that ensued between the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Oyo/Osun Command, on Thursday with some residents of Saki in Oyo State.
The clash started when customs officers allegedly chased a smuggler, believed to be a native, into the town.
The alleged smuggler was said to have died in the process.
According to reports the death of the alleged smuggler made some Saki residents attack the customs office, leading to the death of an officer. A vehicle belonging to the customs service was also burnt during the attack.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Oyo/Osun Command of NCS, Mr. Abdullah Lagos, confirmed the incident on Friday.
Lagos said that he was aware of the incident, but did not give further details.
“We heard about the incident but we are yet to know what happened, but all our officers are safe.
“The mob burnt our Hilux van and another vehicle at our base in Saki,’’ he said.
Also confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in Oyo State, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the customs officer killed was a member of the Joint Task Force, JTF, and not in the customs patrol team as alleged.
Fadeyi, who said he had yet to have the details of the incident, added that the Area Commander of Saki had positioned men in strategic locations in a bid to forestall further disturbance in the community.