The incident which occured on Friday evening led to the burning of three Customs vehicles and shooting of a youth, popularly known in the community as Soliu.
According to An eyewitness, Razak Adeyemi, prior to the incident, there had been a heated argument between a Customs official and a resident suspected to be a smuggler. The matter had been later resolved and both parties had their separate ways.
Adeyemi stated, “It all started like a normal argument between a man and a Customs official at Oke Rori, here in Ayetoro. They had a few minutes of arguments, after which military men and residents wadded into the issue and it was resolved.
“About an hour later, four Hilux vans, with fully armed Customs officials entered our community and they started shooting anyhow in the air. After several attempts to stop them became fruitless, the youths in the area then faced them and they started shooting at the people.”
Another resident of Ayetoro, Nojeeem, claimed that the officials were shooting “as if they had been ordered to wipe out the community
He said, “If you see the way they were shooting, it was like a war zone, like they have been told to kill us all. If not because many of our youths are fortified, many would have been dead by now. One man called Soliu who was shot three times.”
When asked of the victim’s whereabouts, Nojeem said he had been taken away by his family members to a traditional care centre.
The Public Relations Officer of NCS, Ogun Area 1 Command, Hammed Oloyede, confirmed the incident.
Oloyede noted that the command had commenced investigation into the reasons for the clash.
He added, “The situation is currently under investigation.”