A secondary school student has lost his life after he was allegedly hit by a vehicle being driven by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command. This occurred in a border settlement between the Republic of Benin and Nigeria called Ihunbo town.
Nigeria Customs Service officers on the field
The deceased who was a pupil at Ojomo Community High School, Ihunbo - Ipokia local government, was reportedly killed as some customs officers zoomed off in a seized smuggled Tokunbo car, and collided with an okada.
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Speaking to the SUN on anonymous mode, a member of the community disclosed that, besides the student who was killed, two other victims were injured. Expressing his grievance over the incident, he said that customs officers should be mandated to remain at the border in executing their duties, and not go into the town killing harmless people.
Customs officials on duty, inspecting goods coming into the country.
Sharing his view on the incident, another member of the community, Ojo Olumide, condemned the killing of the young boy by the officers, and called on the federal government to ensure that Customs’ activities are restricted to the border. Speaking further, he revealed that youths in the community staged an independence walk. They also penned a letter to security agencies stationed in the community.
Abdulahi Maiwada, Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Command, confirmed the incident, describing it as an accident. Commiserating with the family of the deceased, Maiwada said that no officer would intentionally kill anyone.
“The Customs officers were conveying a tokunbo vehicle and in the process, they had an accident. It was a collision with an okada rider conveying some secondary school children. It was not a stray bullet, neither were the victims being pursued. It was a mere accident.”