Nigerian customs chasing smugglers at Seme border area of Lagos on Friday shot two kids, WAR has learned.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporters the kids have since been identified as Hunsu Taiwo and Ganjo Henry, 10 and 12 years old respectively.
The kids were playing football at the Sokenu compound of Seme when they were shot by the customs officers.
Mr. Hussaini Abdullahi, customs spokesperson in Seme, who confirmed the incident say the kids were shot at the back and ankle, but, said they have recovered after receiving treatment at the customs clinic in the area.
“On Friday, July 3, at about 5 p.m, a joint patrol team of command, based on credible intelligence went on an operation along Seme Carpenter village and identified a hideout used by some unpatriotic elements to stockpile petrol for onward smuggling to the Benin Republic,” the statement read.
“In an effort to evacuate the said items from the scene, some unscrupulous elements launched a vicious attack and aggressively advanced towards the scene of the seizure with assorted dangerous weapons with a desirous effort to set the place ablaze.
“Considering the volatility of the seized items and the fact that all efforts short of using force to halt the mob from advancing towards the scene proved abortive, officers were left with no option than to use their firearms in order to defend themselves and avoid the envisaged catastrophe.
“However, verifiable information later received indicated that two young innocent boys were injured by stray bullets at the back and ankle.”
“This gave room for prompt treatment of the patients at Customs facility and were consequently discharged strictly based on medical advice,” Abdullahi said.
“On this note, the command wishes to register its unreserved displeasure with this unfortunate incident.
“As a responsible and responsive service, we are working round the clock to partner with the family by providing all the necessary support to cushion the effect of this tragedy.”