Kwara state: 3 killed as custom officers clash with car dealers

No fewer than three persons were feared killed tuesday when officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and car dealers, who sell in imported tokunbo cars, engaged themselves in a gun duel at the Bode-Saadu area in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Also, during the incident, according to checks, three other persons who sustained varying degrees of fatal injuries from the exchange of gunshots, are currently receiving medical treatment at one of the private hospitals in the town.

An eyewitness account told journalists in Ilorin that the situation was greeted by tension as residents of the town ran for their lives during the attack.

It was also gathered that the motor dealers were said to be coming through illegal route from Cotonou, Benin Republic, when they met the men of the NCS who had reportedly laid an ambush for them.

Upon citing the men of the customs, the sources said the motor dealers decided to speed off so as to evade arrest, the action apparently prompted the men of the customs to give them a chase.

During the encounter, men of the customs were said to have opened fire on the motor dealers while they were also said to have been retaliating.

Sources added that during the gun duel, three persons were said to have been hit by bullets while about three others were also said to have sustained serious injuries.

Although, there was unconfirmed report that out of the three that were feared killed in the attack, a customs officer was among them.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said it happened on Monday evening at Bode-Saadu in Moro Local Government Area of the state.

He said the incident was between the men of the NCS and motors dealers who were coming from Cotonou.

The police spokesperson, who said three persons sustained injuries during the exchange of gun fire, added that only one person later died.

He, however, said no arrest was yet to be made.