A middle-aged man, identified as Atanda Idowu Moses who was inside his shop at Oja Odan in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State lost his live after being hit by a Stray bullet as Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area Command and some smugglers clash on Saturday.
Moses and one other were working in their workshop when they were hit by stray bullets fired while men of the NCS who were chasing the suspected smugglers.
The Spokesman of Customs Area Command I, Hameed Oloyede, who confirmed the incident on Monday, September 28, said Moses died from a gunshot allegedly fired by the smugglers during the clash with the Customs officers after his men had intercepted smuggled 18 bags of rice at Oja Odan and on their way back, the hoodlums laid an ambush and attacked the officers.
Oloyede said the officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs II, was abducted, beaten to stupor, while the magazine of his rifle loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition was later found empty of the ammunition and was damaged.
The Command spokesman further said the operatives were “attacked by mob armed with dangerous weapons including dane guns, bottles, stones and charms.”
“The reinforcement was timely as the Police contingent were able to rescue the abducted officer on a bush path,” said Oloyede.
“Upon his rescue by the Police, the abducted officer was found to have been been beaten to stupor, the magazine of his rifle loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition was found empty of the ammunition and was damaged. This is an indication that the hoodlums fired his rifle which could have led to the death of the victim, given that the hoodlums are untrained in the handling of such weapon.”
“This explains why the rifle was returned without a single ammunition. We also wish to register our heartfelt condolence and prayers to the family and friends of the bereaved for this.” he added.
Photos from the scene of the accident below: