Residents of Agosasa community in Ipokia Local government area of Ogun state were at the weekend thrown into mourning as officers attached to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Command I, allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old girl, Sekinat Agbelade.
Blueprint gathered that the victim who was on an errand, was hit by a stray bullet from the Customs officers, chasing a smuggled vehicle.
The teenager died from the injury sustained from the bullet at a private hospital.
Apart from the deceased, two other people, one Oluwole Oladosu and Saliu Babalola, were also reportedly injured by stray bullets.
An eyewitness who simply identified himself as Kazeem explained that the officers were chasing a purple colour Toyota Camry which was allegedly driven by a suspected rice smuggler.
“The incident happened in Agosasa area. The Customs officers were chasing a smuggler and the exact place is called Ita-Sango. They were able to intercept the smuggler with his smuggled goods after which they started shooting indiscriminately. It was surprising that they started shooting sporadically at the people even after apprehending the smuggler.
“It was in the process that this lady, who was sent on an errand to buy nylon was hit by a bullet. Even with the bullet on her, she was making effort to run but she became weak,” he narrated.
When contacted, the Spokesperson of the Command, Abdulahi Maiwada, said: “I can confirm the incident but I don’t have the facts. By the time I have the facts, I would make it available.”
On his part, the Spokesman of the Ogun state Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he has not been briefed on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Caretaker Chairman of the LGA, Kabir Abolurin, has condemned the alleged killing, saying the matter would be discussed at the next local government security meeting.
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“We are tired and not happy about this continuous killing of our people by customs. The federal government didn’t ask them to kill innocent citizens while chasing smugglers. They don’t have the right to shoot at people. We are simply in pains in Ipokia,” he said.