A Nigerian Customs Service patrol vehicle on Monday lost control and killed seven persons in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the incident occurred at 10am along Jibia-Kauran Namoda road, when Customs officials were in a hot pursuit of suspected smugglers in a Peugeot J5 vehicle.
Witnesses said most of the victims were farmers who gathered by the roadside to watch the chase.
Dalha Wada-Chedi, the acting Controller of NCS in the state, also confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Katsina, but said only five people lost their lives.
According to him, the incident occurred when some operatives of the Border Drill went to Jibia to get food; “but unfortunately lost control and crushed some people to death.
“It is really unfortunate. We had to use our cordial relationship with the communities, the police, military and other sister security organizations to bring the situation under control.
“From the report we received so far, five people died and others are receiving treatment in the hospital.
“Those of our men involved are currently with the police and investigation is already ongoing to unravel the circumstances behind the incident,” he told NAN.