Sallah tragedy: Why we shot 3 in Oyo – Customs

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit, on Friday declared that the three persons killed by its men in Iseyin on Thursday were shot during self defence amidst attack by assailants.

According to a statement by the FOU Public Relations Officer, DSC Theophilus P. Duniya, for the Acting Controller, F O U Zone ‘A’, the Customs FOU men were reportedly attacked by “assailants with dangerous weapons” which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers.

“In an attempt to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked who sustained deep cuts on his head and other parts of his body, the assailants also took his rifle before his team members who acted in self defence shot at his suspected abductors.

“At about 1500 hours of Thursday, May 13, 2021, some dare devil smugglers mobilised themselves with the help of some thugs; attacked a patrol team serving with Federal Operations Unit Zone A, who were on lawful duty at Iseyin. The officers who were on routine patrol intercepted two Nissan Pathfinder SUV vehicles fully loaded with smuggled foreign parboiled rice at Iseyin,” the statement read in part.