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Ogun Community Boils Over Alleged Killing Of Six By Customs

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 4:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yewa community of Ogun state has been thrown into mourning mood again following the alleged killing of six persons by some officers of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), who were said to be pursuing some suspected rice smugglers.

The killing of the six villagers is coming barely five days after Senator Veronica Iyabode Anike Anisulowo was abducted in Sawonjo/Imasayi area of Yewa North local government Ogun state while returning from her farm.

The shooting of the six villagers in Oke Odan township in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State happened on Sunday May 1, 2016 around 6:30pm at Alakara Bus-Stop, Oke Odan while the NSC were in pursuit of the suspected smugglers who were in a long convoy of vehicles coming from Igolo, a border town between Nigeria and Benin Republic, and heading towards Sango in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State.

Residents however claimed that those killed were not smugglers, but innocent people, carrying out their legitimate duties in their shops and kiosks.

Witnesses identified those killed as three children, a motor mechanic, panel-beater and a secondary school leaver, simply identified as Ade.

The coordinator of Yewa Connecting Minds (YCM) Prince Ekunola Gbenga Abraham has said the community is not ready to sweep the killing under the carpet.

He said that the recent violence against the community has become 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 called on the Comptroller General of Customs to hand over the killer officer to the Police for peace to reign in the area.

“Enough is enough of these wanton killings. We want the Comptroller to hand over the killer to the police to investigate the matter.

YCM condemns the desperate attempt to exonerate the real culprits behind the killing in the area, the development is alarming and criminally intended to shield the officials of Customs who committed the atrocities from justice”, the group said in a statement.

They accused the NSC especially Officer Ade and Officer Ajao of aiding rice smuggling and collecting bribes from perpetrators and lamented that the deceased had never engaged in the illegal act.

The group also called for the prosecution of all those involved in the heinous act by the appropriate security agencies.