Monday, 16 April 2012

Customs Officers Kill Vulcaniser At Checkpoint

A 23-year old vulcaniser, Olalekan Elegbede was Sunday shot dead at about 3:00p.m. by men of Nigeria Customs Service at Ajilete checkpoint in Yewa South Local Government, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
The father of the deceased, Alhaji Isiaka Olugbokiki Elegbede told P.M.NEWS that Mr. Bamidele Adeleye gave his car with registration number LAGOS DQ 927 JJJ to his son from Oke-Odan to take to a car wash at Ajilete, a neighbouring town to wash.
But the Customs men mistook him for a smuggler and shot him at a close range. The bullet hit him on the chin and he died immediately.

Youth around the area who heard the sad news went after the customsmen who had already fled their duty post.
They burnt a Land Rover belonging to the Nigeria Customs Service and their makeshift shed around the place.
They took over the checkpoints and disrupted vehicular traffic.
Soldiers from 192 Battalion, Owode Yewa and policemen from Owode Yewa Police Station, Ogun Command took control of the situation and eventually restored normalcy.
Where P.M.NEWS contacted the Nigeria Customs Service, PRO, Mr . Chike Ngige on phone he said he was yet to be officially briefed about the incident.
When a similar incident occurred at the same checkpoint late last year during which Moruf Sanmi a.k.a Yaro was killed by the Customs men, the authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service warned its men to desist from indiscriminate shooting and that on no account must they shoot their guns without taking orders from a superior officer.
Meanwhile the father of the deceased has vowed to take the case up legally.
The corpse of the victim has been released to the family by the police for burial.

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