Customs vehicle chasing suspected rice smuggler crushes 7 to death, injures 20 others in Katsina

A vehicle of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), chasing rice smugglers reportedly crushed seven persons to death in Jibiya LGA of Katsina State, on Monday.

It was gathered that the vehicle, which rammed into a group of people by the roadside, injured about 20 persons, who are currently being attended to in a local hospital in the area.

Angry mob in the area resorted to violent protest and eventually battered the customs’ official vehicle before the arrival of security agencies.

According to an eyewitness, “They were chasing a J5 vehicle suspected to have smuggled rice. Their vehicle lost control and ran into a group of people standing by the roadside. Six persons died instantly and another one died on the way to the hospital. About 20 other persons were seriously injured”.

He added that, “In retaliation, an angry mob from the area burnt the custom vehicle before police could arrive at the scene.”

The spokesman of the Katsina Area Command of the Service, Danbaba Isah, who confirmed the incident, said investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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