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Men of the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Customs Service in the early hours of Saturday were engaged in a duel with some smugglers at the Akinolugbade area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that violence erupted when the custom officers allegedly seized large amount of goods belonging to the smugglers.
Eye witnesses reported that the custom officers who were about 10 in two Hilux vans, were heading to the state command headquarters on Quarry road with the seized goods when the aggrieved smugglers in their large numbers made chase peddling stones.
It was gathered that this made custom officers shot in the air to disperse the smugglers who were reported to be on bikes.
PLATFORM TIMES learnt when the situation was getting out of hand, the customs called for reinforcement making residents of the area scamper for safety.
The heavy presence of more customs officers was able to repel the smugglers.
There were however no casualties as at the time of filling this report and number of arrests made could not be ascertained.