The container of a truck that was allegedly being chased by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) in Kwara State fell on a woman and her three children on Tuesday night in Ilorin.
This is coming about a month after customs officials had clashed with some aggrieved youths in Ilorin over an attempt to arrest a trailer driver who was allegedly carrying contraband.
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It was gathered that the latest incident which occurred at Offa Garage roundabout caused heavy traffic which lasted for several hours.
Some irate youths of the area who were mobilising for a showdown with the customs were reportedly dispersed after the police were deployed to the scene.
Although no lives were lost, a witness told City News that the woman who was driving a Mitsubishi saloon car was badly injured with one of her three children in the vehicle.
Our reporter learnt that the two of them are still receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital where they were taken to last night.
“The incident happened around past 9pm. The woman and her three children were trapped for several minutes after the container fell on them.
“The customs officials chased the truck they suspected was carrying smuggled rice. But it was only woods that were inside the container after it fell,” the witness said.
The PRO of Kwara Customs, Chado Zakari, denied that his men were chasing the driver.
“We just happened to be in the vicinity at the particular time; we were not chasing the truck driver. The driver ran away and I am sure if we were chasing him, he would mobilise his colleagues to come and mob us,” he said.