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There was palpable tension in Ihunbo, Ipokia Local Government area of Ogun state on Monday when the youths of the community wanted to set Customs officers that drove a smuggled vehicle which reportedly killed one pupil of Ojumo community High School ablaze.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the Customs officers took to their heels after the accident to avoid being lynched by the angry mob who had reportedly set the vehicle ablaze.
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that one of the smuggled vehicles being driven by a Customs officer lost control and reportedly killed the students, who were reportedly standing by the roadside after close of school for the day.
PLATFIRM TIMES however learnt that the vehicle was seized from some suspected smugglers along the Idiroko road in the Local Government area of the state.
Platform Times reliably gathered that two other students were also injured, while market women within the Ihunbo market also sustained various degrees of injury.
The state Customs Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Maiwada, confirmed the incident.
He said, “I can confirm there is an incident that happened and our officers were involved and it’s very unfortunate that life is involved. But we are yet to confirm the details of what happened.
“However, the preliminary information is that our men were conveying a ‘tokunbo’ vehicle suspected to have been smuggled into the country; in which an okada rider carrying some students crossed their way. It was an accident. I cannot inform you about how many lives that were lost at the moment.”