Pandemonium ensued on Wednesday at the Abule Egba area of Lagos State when custom operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service opened fire on vehicle of suspected smugglers ’ .
One Toyeeb Olayiwola was shot dead and three others were allegedly injured .
The officials were attached to the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja. They were said to have chased some vehicles conveying suspected smuggled rice from the Sango – Ota area of Ogun State .
On getting to the Abule Egba under bridge area around 6 am , they reportedly opened fire on one of the vehicles .
A bullet hit the head of Olayiwola , who was lying on some bags of rice in the bus and he died on the spot.
Not done , the officials were said to have moved into a commercial tricycle park in the area and continued firing at the occupants of the other vehicles , who had disembarked to protest the killing .
The suspected smugglers reportedly hurled stones at the officials, while the shootings intensified .
The chaos was said to have caused confusion as commuters and passersby scampered to safety .
A tricycle rider , who gave his name only as Samuel , said the officials, numbering about six , later fled the scene in their operational van.