There was tension in Iseyin, Oyo State, as operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) allegedly shot dead four with one person critically injured in the town during a clash with suspected smugglers.
According to an impeccable source in Iseyin, the persons were hit by bullets when men of the Nigeria Customs Service exchanged gunfire with some bandits believed to be smugglers.
The incident which caused the tension in iseyin, occurred on Thursday, men of the customs had allegedly opened fire after some residents of Iseyin mobilised to protest the Customs seizure of a vehicle suspected to be conveying smuggled goods.
On sighting the aggrieved people approaching its base, men of the Customs Service were said to have shot sporadically.
Residents accounted that the Customs men started shooting and bullets hit some persons, who were out celebrating the Eid-el-Fitri, and four of them died.
The killings were said to have sparked a protest in the town.
After the killing, a resident in Iseyin stated that another set of aggrieved people mobilised to burn down the Customs base as well as three patrol vehicles.
When contacted on phone, the Public Relation Officers of the Oyo/Osun Area Command of NCS, Kayode Wey said that he does not have information about the incident.
He added that he was not sure if the said Customs officers are men of the Oyo/Osun Area Command but promised to get back to as soon as he gets information about the incident.