The rate at which citizens are being killed by armed security personnel who by law are supposed to protect them has reached an alarming state.
At the weekend a video was released on the social media revealing the cruel manner in which a custom officer killed a man over 5,000 Naira.
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According to the video, the victim before he was shot dead was arguing with the Customs officer along other passengers over what is unclear.
A voice, believed to be that of another officer, was heard saying, “Shoot him.” The victim had dared the Custom officer to shoot, saying he was a Nigerian. But, within a blink of the eyelid, the Customs officer shot him dead.
Consequently, other passengers tried to prevent the officers from escaping; one of them the officers clutched his gun and stood over the dead man.
Another officer raised the dead man’s hand to confirm that he was dead, tried to put his corps in their patrol van but the other passengers, and prevented that.
A lady wailing in the video said: “Because of N5000. They have killed him because of N5000.”
Thereafter, the Nigerian Customs in a statement denied that its personnel deliberately shot dead the man.
Its Public Relations Officer, DC Joseph Attah, confirmed the incident which he said occurred on Sunday at the “Sagamu Interchange, along Ijebu Ode.”
The statement reads, “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.
Meanwhile, another narrative said that 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 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. DC Joseph Attah Public Relations Officer For: Comptroller-General of Customs”