Customs Officer allegedly kills traveler in Ogun

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service on Sunday allegedly shot dead a passenger, who was travelling in company of some of his relatives in a Toyota Hiace Bus along Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State.
Contained in a video that has gone viral on the social media, a supposed sister of the deceased is heard weeping and saying the customs officer shot and killed the man for refusing to part with five thousand Naira (N5,000) inducement.

In the video, some officer of the customs service is seated on the floor and being manhandled by a mob, while the deceased is seen stretched inside a vehicle in a pool of his blood.

Reacting to the video and allegation of the killing, the Customs Spokesman, Mr. Joseph Attah, in a statement, refuted claims that the deceased was a traveler and that the killing done intentionally.

Attah said the bus was carrying bales of used clothing, and that some of the passengers had engaged in a struggle with the officers trying to prevent them from carrying out their duty, a situation that eventually led to the killing of the man.

Below is the customs statement:

The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.

While it is painful and totally unnecessary to loose life in anti-smuggling operations, today at Shagamu 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, ASC1, Destiny Onebamho.

Contrary to some narratives, the young man was not a passenger of the bus but a good citizen who always come to fetch water for Customs Patrol men anytime they return to the base.

Preliminary finding indicate that it was during the skirmishes and struggle to disarm the Officer that the riffle discharged and hit 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 inciting commentaries 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