Five persons including a woman were over the weekend injured when officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State Command attacked an MRS filling station located at Isale Igbein area of Abeokuta, the State capital.
The Manager of the station, Iyabo Fakunle and three attendants; Oluwole Omitope, Sodunke Olayinka and Alagbe Sefiu were injured in the process while a taxi driver who identified himself as Yomi Olatoye had gun wounds in his stomach and left arm.
While Fakunle was injured as she was pushed away with the iron gate of the station, Oluwole suffered a deep cut in his left arm while Alagbe suffered injuries from gun stock/butt with which he was beaten.
A private Astra OPEL dark-blue car with registration number Lagos, EKY 340 AT belonging to one Mutiu Idowu also had its windscreen smashed by the irate officers.
MRS is one of the very few filling stations selling at the official rate of N86.5 in Abeokuta and sells the products almost on daily basis since the fuel scarcity started.
It was gathered that the fracas started when officers of the Corps came into the filling station with a Nissan Pathfinder SUV with registration number Ogun, DED 49 AA and an Hilux van, all filled with empty jerrycans and demanded the attendants to fill the jerrycans.
It was gathered that other customers who had waited for hours while some had spent days at the station were angered by the action of the officers.
As a result of the uproar and outcry, it was gathered that the Manager pleaded on them to exercise patient and allow the station attend to other customers who had spent days at the station.
The arrangement, it was further gathered, did not go down well with the officers who made for the queue and started beating the men on the queue with horse-whips and assaulted them physically.
Fakunle, while speaking with our correspondent said she decided to switch off the dispensing machines to allow the fracas subside only for that decision to anger the officers who started shooting sporadically.
She explained that irate officers later reinforced and stormed the station with two official vehicles with registration number CD 1048 A01 and CD 150 A01 and invaded the station with dangerous weapons including guns and knives.
According to her, appeal for them not to shoot within the premises of the station as such could ignite fire fell into their deaf ears as they reportedly shot sporadically within the station.
Two main gates to the station were also reportedly threw open while attendants and other customers were chased with guns and knives.
Attempts to arrest one of the attendants, Sodunke were repealed as the officers reportedly forced their way into the inner office of the filling station by forcefully opening the iron gate.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Kareem Olanrewaju proved unsuccessful as two of his lines were switched off while several calls made to the other line were, at the time of filling this report, not answered nor returned.