In the past three days, residents of Imasai, in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State have deserted their houses over the fear of arrest after an Inspector of police was shot dead.
According to report, there was a violent clash on Saturday in the town between officials of the national border team and some residents of the community which resulted in the alleged murder of an inspector.
The police, however, said eight persons had been arrested in connection with the killing.
Chief John Odu, a chief in the community, the Atunluse of Imasai and a former Senior Special Assistant to former governor Ibikunle Amosun, Raheem Ajayi; said the town had become a ghost town.
Odu claimed that one of the residents was killed and had been buried while others had fled their homes.
The chief said, “The police came to the town and destroyed it because they were searching for smuggled rice.” Adding that the security operatives allegedly disrupted a burial ceremony in the town on Saturday .
“They also went to the Palace of our Oba at Imasai and destroyed it . They ransacked the whole house.
Odu claimed that one of the residents was killed and had been buried while others had fled their homes. “They killed somebody and we have buried him. People are still in the bush, they cannot come into the town.”
Attempts to get the reactions of the police and Nigeria Customs Service failed.
While the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached, the national Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, did not answer the his calls .