The officer accidentally shot dead his colleague, the Customs have said.
A Deputy Superintendent of Customs, Tunde Oseni, accidentally shot dead a colleague during an operation on the Seme-Badagry Expressway in Lagos State on February 16.
This was made known by Uche Ejesieme, the Public Relations Officer, Federal Operation Unit Zone "A" of the Nigeria Customs Service. Mr. Ejesieme, in a statement, said that the death resulted from an "accidental discharge".
He said eight officers, led by Mr. Oseni, were on patrol on the Seme-Badagry Expressway on Saturday when they intercepted two vehicles loaded with items suspected to be smuggled and prohibited.
"While the officers attempted to apprehend the suspects alongside with the goods, there was stiff resistance by the suspects, which degenerated into a struggle between the officers and the smugglers.
In the ensuing confusion, a service pistol in the possession of DSC Oseni, the team leader, accidentally discharged and hit Mr Baba Mohammed, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs," the statement said.
The spokesperson said Mr. Mohammed was immediately rushed to Igando General Hospital where the doctor on duty confirmed him dead. Mr. Ejesieme said Mr. Oseni had been handed over to the police for further investigation.