The Nigeria Customs Service has Reacted to the incidence of one of it officials allegedly killing a man.
Videos where officials of the NCS were accused of killing a man at Shagamu interchange along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, had gone viral on social media.
In the video several passengers of a commercial bus were seen arguing with customs officials, as the argument continued, a voice was heard saying, “Shoot him” and a gun went off immediately after.
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However, reacting to the accusations, the customs Public Relations Officer DC Joseph Attah, said contrary to claims that the person killed was a passenger, the man who was shot was a friend of the officials.
According to Attah, the deceased identified as Godwin was hit accidentally during an attempt to obstruct the lawful performance of the official’s duty by passengers of the commercial bus suspected to be carrying bales of used clothing.
Read the full statement below:
The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.
While it is painful and totally unnecessary to lose lives in anti-smuggling operations, today at Sagamu Interchange along Ijebu Ode, attempt to obstruct lawful performance of duty by passengers of a commercial bus (a white Toyota Hiace) suspected to be carrying bales of used clothing led to the death of a young man (Godwin) and serious injury of a Customs Officer ASC 1, Destiny Onebanho.
Contrary to some narrative, the young man was not a passenger of the bus but a good citizen who always comes to fetch water for Customs patrol men anytime they return to base.
Preliminary findings indicate that it was during the skirmishes and struggle to disarm the officer that the rifle discharged and the friend of the Customs (Godwin) who lost his life.
The Service is already in touch with the bereaved family.
Sadly, it should be noted that while attention shifted to the dead and the wounded, the passengers who filmed with incited commentary boarded their vehicle and left, leaving the wrong impression that it was one of them that was killed.
While the wounded officer is under intensive care at the hospital, the patrol team has been recalled to the office for further investigation.”