6 Killed as Oke Odan Community and Customs Exchange Blames

by on May 6, 2016
As residents of Oke Odan township in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State mourned alleged killing of six persons by customs officers, while the community insist those shot were innocent, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) maintained that only two people died when its offic­ers were attacked by smugglers.
The incident was said to oc­curred on Sunday May 1, 2016 around 6:30pm at Alakara Bus-Stop, Oke Odan while customs officials were chasing smugglers some suspected rice smugglers in a long convoy coming from Igolo, a border town between Nigeria and Benin Republic, and heading towards Sango in Ado Odo/Ota Local Govern­ment Area of Ogun State.
But Customs Public Rela­tions Officer in the state, Us­man Abubakar, while confirm­ing the incident, said two people lost their lives.
The coordinator of Yewa Connecting Minds (YCM) Prince Ekunola Gbenga Abra­ham in a statement said six innocent residents were shot in the process.
Also, in a telephone inter­view on Thursday, he noted that witnesses identified those killed as three children, a mo­tor mechanic, panel-beater and a secondary school leaver, sim­ply identified as Ade, saying that the community has continued to bear the brunt of such activ­ities.
He noted that the killing of villagers was becoming one too many on the part of the customs who fire directly at villagers and later claim that the victims were shot at because they are smug­glers to cover their tracks.
Abraham demanded that the Comptroller General of Cus­toms, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) should hand over the killer of­ficer to the Police for peace to reign in the area.
“Enough is enough of this wanton killings. We want the Comptroller to hand over the killer to the police to investi­gate the matter.
Yewa Connecting Minds (YCM) condemned what it de­scribed as the desperate attempt to exonerate the real culprits be­hind the killing in the area, say­ing the development is alarm­ing and criminally intended to shield the officials of Customs who committed the atrocities from justice.
He also alleged that some cus­toms officers aid rice smuggling and collect bribes from perpe­trators.
“I am appealing to our people go about their legitimate busi­nesses without fear of disrup­tion from any quarters. I also call on our member to remain calm in the face of provocation, we have confidence in the gov­ernment and justice shall be done,” he stressed.
Abubakar said three of their officers sustained injuries dur­ing the attack by the smugglers, adding that three of their check-points were also burnt down.
“Two people have been con­firmed dead. Our officers were attacked by smugglers on their way to Idi-Iroko office after seizing two vehicles loaded with rice at Ajilete.
“These smugglers carried guns, cutlasses, axe, broken bot­tles, and they stoned our officers with a view to recovering their vehicles with the contra-band.
“We had to call for reinforce­ment of Military and Police be­fore we could escape from the smugglers, they burnt down three of our check-points.”

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