The tragedy occurred on Monday when the Nigerian customs service men killed three students from the Ojumo community high school, Ihunbo, in the local government area of Ipokia, in Ogun state, injuring women in the market.
Latest Nigeria News reliably deduced that a vehicle driven by a customs official lost control and killed the students, who were standing by the roadside after school closed during the day.
The vehicle, it was learned, was confiscated by suspected traffickers along the Idiroko road.
It has been deduced that the incident occurred near the Ihunbo market, which also caused injuries to women in the market.
It was said that the angry young people of the community set fire to the vehicle when the customs officers stood up for fear of being lynched.
Customs public relations officer Ogun Aliyu Maiwada confirmed the incident at Latestalert.
“I can confirm there is an incident that happened and our officers were involved and it’s very unfortunate that life is involved. But we are yet to confirm the details of what happened.
“However, the preliminary information is that our men were conveying a ‘tokunbo’ vehicle suspected to have been smuggled into the country; in which an okada rider carrying some students crossed their way. It was an accident. I cannot inform you about how many lives that were lost at the moment.”
Latest Nigeria News recalls that a youth group in Ipokia local government on October 1 claimed that about 100 residents of the area have died in the last five years in series of clashes with security agencies over smuggling activities.