Residents of of Jibia, Katsina State, were reportedly killed by Customs officials who were chasing rice smugglers in the area.
The killing has sparked a protest in the community.
Many other people are said to have sustained injuries in the accident and are receiving treatment at a local health facility, Premium Times has reported.
Witnesses said the vehicle of the Customs officials ploughed into a gathering while chasing the suspected rice smugglers, killing five persons instantly and injuring many others.
A source, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said:
They were chasing rice smugglers at high speed. Their vehicle lost control and killed at least five persons, which prompted violent protests by the residents.
The Customs’ vehicle was vandalised by the angry protesters.
Neither the police spokesperson in Katsina, Gambo Isah, nor the Nigeria Customs Service has commented on the incident.
This is coming about three months after four people were reported dead after a crossfire between operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers in Iseyin area of Oyo State.
The gun fight caused fear among residents celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr while fleeing for safety
Muftau Abilawon, the former Caretaker Chairman of Iseyin Local Government Council, confirmed the crossfire to Newsmen.
I have been duly informed by a traditional chief, the Ikolaba of Iseyin, Chief Ismail Tikalosoro, who called me and narrated the incident to me on the phone.
He advised that I brief the special adviser to the governor on security about the matter, which I did immediately, and he has promised to intervene.
I understand that the four corpses were taken to the palace of the Aseyin of Iseyin, where the chiefs appealed for calm and asked the aggrieved residents to deposit the corpses at Fadoks hospital.
The chiefs also begged them not to set the Customs base in Iseyin ablaze, which they yielded to, but it was too late for the Toyota Hilux van as it was on fire already before the appeal.