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Car somersaults as Customs engage smugglers in hot chase on Ikorodu road

Residents and motorists along the Obanikoro end of Lagos Mainland were left stunned in the early hours of today, Thursday, December 13, 2018, when men of the Nigerian Customs Service engaged in a hot chase with some suspects alleged to be smugglers in the axis.

InsideMainland learnt that the alleged smugglers driving through the axis in a convoy of five vehicles were carrying bags of rice and kegs of groundnut oil. They were allegedly chased through Ikorodu Road from Costain, Lagos Mainland.

During the hot chase, a ghastly accident occurred at the popular Obanikoro bus stop when one of the cars conveying the products sustained a busted tyre while on top speed, somersaulting in the process. Motorists and other onlookers were left stunned as the vehicle somersaulted multiple times before landing by the side of the road on the expressway.

Due to the accident, the driver of the vehicle was stuck in it with other road users rushing to the location to remove him from underneath piles of rice. By this time, two of the vehicles in the convoy had escaped the scene and the attention of the Customs officers.

However, two of the vehicles were apprehended by the officers while the drivers fled the scene to evade arrest.

Speaking to InsideMainland, an eyewitness who identified herself as Nkechi Nweke said the accident occurred while the car was on high speed. “The accident was scary. The car tyre busted on top speed and it somersaulted. The driver was stuck under the bags of rice and groundnut oil was spilling out from different parts of the car.”

Another witness, Yakub Nureini said the Customs officers on noticing the accident, pulled over by the side and removed their tops before getting close to the affected vehicle.

“When the accident occurred, one of the drivers was stuck in the damaged vehicle. Two others escaped with the goods but they arrested two vehicles. The drivers were not in the cars because they ran away.

“I saw some of the Customs officers removing their tops and wearing only white round necks before moving some of the bags of rice that fell on the road. They also left with the two other vehicles they arrested at the scene,” he said.

The incident led to a heavy traffic gridlock with motorists using the Ikorodu road expressway inward Anthony from Obanikoro stuck in the traffic.

The prompt intervention of the rescue team of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) led to the quick removal of the affected

When asked, a Nigerian Custom official who refused to give his name and was at the scene of the incident denied that his team chased the alleged smugglers. When probed further, he directed our correspondent to the Ikeja headquarters of the Customs for further inquiries.

Alleged Cultists steal bags of rice

Meanwhile, a mild drama occurred at the accident scene when some gangs suspected to be cultists stormed the area with ammunition to steal bags of rice.

The armed gang fired gunshot into the air to disperse the already gathered crowd and made way with about seven bags of rice from the accident scene.

InsideMainland learnt from sources at the scene that the gang members were alleged cultists based in Fadeyi, Lagos Mainland, who took advantage of the accident to rob.

Driver of the affected vehicle

In addition, the injured driver in the accident returned to the scene of the wreckage in a bid to remove what was left at the scene.

When approached by InsideMainland, he vehemently refused to speak.

However, he was overhead speaking to someone on the phone requesting assistance in informing the owners of the goods about the accident.



Idris Aina
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