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Two brothers killed for smuggling rice in Ogun

The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the reported killing of two brothers by some men of the Nigerian Army for smuggling foreign rice into the country.

in Owode, Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said it happened in Owode, Yewa South Local Government Area, whose Divisional Police Officer quickly mobilised his men to restore normalcy.

This was said to have caused pandemonium in the area as a Naval officer was killed in the process. 

According to media reports, The incident, which took place on Sunday, angered the youths of the area who blocked the Sango-Idiroko International Road in protest.

The angry mob reportedly attacked an officer of the Nigeria Air Force, killing him in retaliation.

It was gathered that trouble started when the officers accosted the elder brother in an attempt to seize his vehicle which contained bags of foreign parboiled rice.

In the course of the altercation between the man and the soldiers, some people called his younger brother, popularly known as Saheed Elegusi.

Saheed rushed to the scene and the two of them were shot dead by the soldiers.

It was gathered that the soldiers immediately fled the scene after shooting the siblings.

The mob allegedly set bonfires on the Sango-Idiroko International Road, disrupting vehicular  traffic for hours.

In his reaction, the Ogun State Police PRO, Mr Abimbola said the slain officer was in uniform when he unknowingly ran into the mob who lynched him.

He said the situation has been brought under control, but added that the Commissioner of Police had directed the homicide section to take over the matter and unravel “both the remote and immediate causes of the incident”.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor