A middle-aged man named Atanda Idowu Moses has died after being hit by a stray bullet as customs officials chased suspected smugglers in Ogun State.
The incident took place during a clash between men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command, and some hoodlums suspected to be smugglers.
Moses and another unidentified person were working in their workshop when they were hit by stray bullets fired men of the NCS while they chased the suspected smugglers.
Hameed Oloyede, the Spokesman of the Customs Area Command, confirmed the incident while revealing that operatives of the command had intercepted 18 bags of rice at Oja Odan but had been ambushed by the hoodlums on their way back.
He said that during the clash, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs had been abducted and beaten to stupor while the magazine of his rifle loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition was later found empty.
While regretting Moses’ death, the Customs Officer insisted that the middle-aged died of the stray bullet suspected to have been fired by one of the hoodlums using the abducted officer’s firearm.
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