Customs kills driver in Benin over two bags of rice


Angry protesters sacked the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) post at Ovbiogie village in Ovia North East Local Government over the killing of a commercial driver by operatives of the service.

According to reports, an operational vehicle of the service was set ablaze while officers on duty fled as the protesters overpowered them despite heavy shootings.

Eye witnesses said the victim was accosted by some Customs officers on duty and two bags of rice were found inside his bus, he was asked to drop the bags of rice because they were suspected to be contraband.

The witnesses said an argument occurred and the victim, who was the
driver of the bus was shot dead.

They said, “The customs men stopped the man for carrying two bags of foreign rice. They said the man should drop the rice.

“After that there was an argument and the man was shot dead. All we want is justice.”

The protesters vandalized the NCS post at Ovbiogie and carted away some goods already seized.

It was a reinforcement of soldiers that stopped the protesters from causing further damage.