Some angry youths have staged a protest in the Itori, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State after a suspected smuggler rammed into a commercial motorcyclist.
The driver of the car drove as if he was being chased by law enforcement agents, the youths in the area staged a protest and began to destroy properties.
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The youths were reportedly infuriated because they suspected that the smuggler was chased by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He said: “Yes, there was a riot at Itori today. A vehicle belonging to smugglers rammed into an okada rider and killed him on the spot. People at the scene of the incident had the belief that the vehicle was being chased by customs officers. That was how they went on rampage. They caused serious crisis.
“They set about three vehicles on fire today. There is a hotel at Papa where they said customs officers do lodge, they went there, making efforts to burn the hotel.
“But the Commissioner of Police (CP Lanre Bankole) has gone there today with DC operations and other officers of the command. Calm has been restored.”
“Some people have been arrested over the incident and warned against jungle justice in any situation” the Ogun State Police PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi said.
He said: “We have made some arrests. We have been warning people to desist from taking laws into their hands. If anything happens, you cannot just go on rampage and believe you can be destroying people’s properties.