Youth in Oyo clashes with custom

Uya Oro youths in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom
State, on Thursday, set a Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, vehicle
ablaze over the death of a cyclist and his two passengers.
Trouble started when officers of the Nigeria Customs Service
chased after a vehicle that was conveying three bags of rice to be
used in a funeral and shot at the vehicle’s tyre.
An eyewitness, Daniel Frank, narrated that the tyre which the
customs operatives shot at, pulled out and hit a motorcycle which
was on motion at the left side of the vehicle.
According to him, “the impact of the pulled tyre and the speed with
which the cyclist was running at, pushed the motorcycle under the
vehicle that was struggling to regain control from the pulled-out
tyre”. He added that the cyclist and two of his passengers died
instantly.
The eyewitness explained that the incident infuriated other cyclists,
youths, and other residents, who mobilised and burnt the customs
Toyota Hilux vehicle.
“Some people bought three bags of rice from Oron to prepare for a
burial. When the customs operatives saw the rice, they tried to flag
the driver down, and as the driver did not stop for them, they
began to pursue him.
“As the chase continued, the customs operatives shot at one of the
tyres of the vehicle. Unfortunately, the tyre they shot at, pulled out
and hit the motorcycle that was struggling to overtake the vehicle.
The pulled off tyre hit the motorcycle straight and the force threw it
under the vehicle that smashed the three dead instantly. It was
from there that other cyclists and youths decided to attack them,
but they escaped leaving their vehicle that was set ablaze behind,”
he said.
Intelligence Officer, NCS, Mr. Joseph Adi, confirmed the
development. He said they heard of the incident but were in the
Oron office
His words, “It was this morning that I heard of what happened. Our
office is at the water side in Oron. It was those standing at Uya
Oro Junction, Federal Operation, I don’t think they are resident
customs. The people called me this morning that the customs
officers pursued one vehicle with their Toyota Hilux. They said the
vehicle that they pursued hit a motorcycle. Since I was not there,
there is little I can say about what happened.

3 Comments

  1. Very nice

  2. Hmmmmm

  3. Ok

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