Soldier, two others killed as Customs clash with smugglers in Oyo

A soldier, customs officer and a civilian were killed when some men of the Nigeria Customs ServiceNigeria Customs Service (NCS) clashed with some smugglers in Igbo-Ora town in Oyo State.

While the police confirmed the killing of the soldier, a customs spokesman said he was yet to be briefed of the development.

But our correspondent gathered from seperate accounts of witnesses that three persons died in the clash which occurred on Thursday.

Residents on Saturday said customs operatives and soldiers intercepted a vehicle transporting bags of foreign rice. The smugglers, desirous to escape, clashed with the officials.

Some resident, who asked not to be named, said three persons, a soldier, customs officer and a civilian were hit by bullets during the shooting.

Several persons also sustained injuries during the clash, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.

Since the end of the EndSARS protests, customs officials, soldiers and officials of the Nigerian Security and civil defence corps (NSCDC) officials had been collaborating to enforce the law in the area.

PREMIUM TIMES made efforts to confirm the number of casualties by reaching out to the police and customs.

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