Mob in Asara village, Sokoto state have set ablaze two vehicles belonging to officials of the Nigerian Customs Service Sokoto state area command after four persons were killed in a road accident that involved three commercial vehicles at customs’ check point .
The fatal accidentally occurred in the early hours of Sunday at a checkpoint mounted by personnel of the Nigerian Customs Service, Asara unit of Illela Border Command in Sokoto state.
Eyewitness at the scene said the affected vehicles- two Toyota Avenses and a Golf Salon collided while trying to evade a stop and search of the customs officials at the checkpoint.
One of the drivers involved, according to the source, was alleged to have loaded some contraband goods that included rice and vegetable oil and was trying to evade arrest.
“The (customs) obstructed the driver in a bid to stop the vehicle for a search and that caused the driver to lose control. The car ran into an oncoming vehicle and had a head-on collision while the one coming from the back crashed in between the two.
Four persons were confirmed dead on the spot in two of the vehicles while six people sustained various injuries during the accident.”
It took the intervention of the men of the Nigerian Army who were drafted to the scene to prevent further attacks against the customs’ facilities in the area.
Confirming the incident, Customs spokesman in the state, Tahir Balarabe described the incident as unfortunate.
He added that two vehicles belonging to the Customs service and an officer in charge of the unit were burnt by the angry mob.
Balarabe maintained that the officials were only carrying out their legitimate duties. He however prayed for the reposed of the souls of those who loss their lives in the accident.