4 killed in NCS, smugglers clash in Iseyin

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of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on in Iseyin, Oyo state, engaged suspected in a shootout during which four persons were reportedly killed and property destroyed.

exchange of gun shots by customs officials and suspected threw rustic town of Iseyin into panic residents, who were celebrating Eid-el-fitr, fleeing safety

Mr Muftau Abilawon, the former Caretaker Chairman of Iseyin Local Government Council, confirmed the bloody incident the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on night.

“I have been duly informed by a , the Ikolaba of Iseyin, Ismail Tikalosoro, who called me and narrated the incident me on .

“He advised that I brief the Adviser to the on about the matter, which I did immediately and he has promised to intervene.

“ I understand that the four corpses were taken to the palace of the Aseyin of Iseyin, where the chiefs appealed for calm and asked the aggrieved residents to deposit the corpses at Fadoks hospital.

“The chiefs also begged them not to set the Customs base in Iseyin ablaze, which they yielded to but it was too for the Toyota Hilux van as it was on fire already before the appeal,’’ he said.

Abilawon, who had resigned from to participate in forthcoming council elections, appealed for calm and order in the ancient town.

Efforts to get the Command’s spokesman in Oyo State and the NCS spokesman in the state proved futile as calls and messages put to their phones were not picked not replied.