There was commotion on Friday night as officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and residents of Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government area of Ogun state clashed.
NEWSCASTARS.COM gathered from Dailypost report that the clash led to the burning of three customs vehicles and shooting of a youth, popularly known in the community as Soliu, three times.
An eyewitness, Razak Adeyemi, said an heated argument ensued between a customs officer and a resident suspected to be a smuggler after which the matter was resolved and both parties went their separate ways.
However about an hour later, four fully loaded customs Hilux vehicles stormed the community, with the officers shooting continuously in the air which angered the youths in the community, leading to a violent face-off between the officers and youths in the community.
Adeyemi stated, “It all started like a normal argument between a man and a customs officer at Oke Rori, here in Ayetoro. They had a few minutes of arguments, after which military men and residents wadded into the issue and it was resolved.
“About an hour later, four customs Hilux, with fully armed customs officers entered our community and they started shooting anyhow in the air. After several attempts to stop them became fruitless, the youths in the area then faced them and they started shooting at the people.”
Another resident of Ayetoro, Nojeeem said;
“If you see the way they were shooting, it was like a war zone, like they have been told to kill us all. If not because many of our youths are fortified, many would have been dead by now. If you go round the community, you will see people whose clothes were torn by the customs’ bullets, but the bullets didn’t penetrate their bodies; only for one guy called Soliu who was shot three times.”