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  • News - South West - Oyo
  • Updated: October 07, 2023

Smuggler Chase Accident Claims Customs Personnel, One Other

Smuggler Chase Accident Claims Customs Personnel, One Other

A road accident involving some officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and individuals suspected to be smugglers have claimed two lives

AllNews Nigeria gathered that the incident occurred along the Iseyin-Ibadan road in Oyo State. 

Sources revealed that customs officers were chasing some people suspected to be smugglers when the accident occurred.

The accident led to the death of a customs officer and another person whose identity is yet to be revealed.

Some Customs officers and other residents involved in the accident sustained various degrees of injuries and are still in hospital as of the time of filing this report.

One of the eyewitnesses who asked not to be named said that the remains of the vehicle used in chasing the people suspected to be smugglers had been moved to Iseyin.

“There was an accident that occurred yesterday. It was the customs officers who said they were chasing some people suspected to be smugglers. In the process, they had an accident and two people died. The vehicle has been towed to Iseyin."

Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Oyo and Osun Command, Kayode Wey, when contacted, said he was not aware of the incident.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Operating Unit (FOU) Zone A of NCS, Theophilus Duniya, while confirming the accident, said it was a lone accident.

Duniya on Friday said that the Customs officers were not chasing anyone when the incident happened.

He maintained that only one customs officer died as a result of the accident.

“It was a lone accident. We lost one of our officers. Others are responding to treatment. They were not pursuing anyone."

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