One dies as Customs boss escapes death in Ogun

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By DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA— Pandemonium  broke out  in Ajilete, Oke – Odan and Owode in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State yesterday following the alleged killing of one youth  by Customs officer in the state.

Subsequently, some youths in the area  threatened a reprisal attack on the Customs officers in the area and  have protested the wilful shooting of one of them identified as Seun  to death.

According an eye-witness, the incident occurred on Saturday  when the officer was on his way to Lagos from Idiroko border town area office and he  allegedly  stopped in the midst of the road and fired shots at Seun and others, claiming that they were assassins trailing him.

It was,  however,  gathered that, the officer was  alone in his  car but  sensed that he was being trailed by some people which prompted him to call for reinforcement.

Vanguard checks revealed that  the officer was waylaid when he got to Owode,  subsequently causing a serious stir but, the Customs boss was reportedly able to manoeuvre out of the situation after allegedly killing one of the youths identified as Seun.

It was further gathered that, there was sporadic shooting by  Customs officers who reportedly got  to the scene shortly after their boss was waylaid  and scared away the suspected smugglers.

But when contacted, the state Customs Public Relations Officer, Chris Ngige said there was an attempt on the life of their boss which he said was later foiled.

According to him, the vehicles  used by the smugglers have  been seized.

He said  that, the Customs boss had visited the traditional rulers in the area where he  solicited the support of the monarchs  and their people in the cause of wagging war against smuggling.

When the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi was contacted he  said the Command was yet to be briefed about the matter.

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