Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service have been accused of allegedly invading one of the hideout of smugglers in Owode Idiroko area of Ogun state.
It was gathered that the officers stormed the area in a bid to apprehend suspected rice smugglers and in the process, shot many residents.
Other five people were reported dead and many others injured in the chaos.
The injured victims were rushed to the hospital and the corpses of the dead, evacuated.
The incident caused a serious protest in the area by residence who called on the government to curb the activities of the Customs men.
This is coming weeks after a Customs officer was killed and another injured in an ambush by smugglers in Ogun state.
It was gathered that Anti-smuggling operatives of the Command, while on routine patrol, at about 2:30am on Sunday, January 6, 2018, stormed a hideout in Asero, Abeokuta, where eight vehicles, fully loaded with rice, were kept.
According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abdullahi Aliyu Maiwada, “In an attempt to lawfully secure the said items, the smugglers and their accomplices ambushed the officers in a deadly-like manner”.