Three persons were feared killed on Thursday a in violent clash between some men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and some smugglers in Igbo-Ora, Oyo State.
Investigation revealed that the three people that died were a Customs officer, an Army lieutenant identified as Josiah Peter, and an unidentified civilian.
Also, many people were said to have sustained serious injuries during the clash.
It was gathered that smugglers attempted to resist the Custom’s personnel drawn from the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A from preventing them from smuggling goods into border town of Igbo-Ora.
It was also gathered that the three victims died “because of exchange of gun shots between the Custom men and the smugglers.”
The Public Relations Officer of NCS in Oyo/Osun Command, Kayode Wey, said he was yet to be briefed about the incident and therefore could not yet comment on it.
Wey said he could not confirm if people died during the clash.
In his words as he spoke with reporters: “Yes sir, I am aware. I have heard about the story from somebody as well but I can’t give confirmation about anything.
“You heard it the way I heard it. Even, a journalist has called me about this incident. And they said the same thing.
“I dont have any information. I cannot say anything concerning that matter, because, I don’t have any official statement on that.”
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the death of a soldier during the clash.
The police through its spokesperson in Oyo State, Gbenga Fadeyi, in a statement, said that it has commenced investigations into the clash.
The police confirmed that an Army lieutenant died as a result of gunshots he sustained.
The statement read: “Information further received revealed that smugglers attacked Federal Operation Unit, FOU Customs at Igboora.
“In a swift response to assist the FOU team, the Border Drill Patrol also came under attack and one Lieutenant of the Nigerian Army, Josiah Peter, was shot and later died. An investigation has commenced, please.”