Men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday, shot and killed a young man at about 08:00am in Abule-Egba area of Lagos State. The boy, identified to be Toheeb Olayiwola, boarded a public bus to convey him to his place of work but was hit on his head when customs officers fired shots at the bus he boarded.
Narrating the incidence, one of the passengers said they were shocked when they were stopped and customs officials immediately opened fire on them.
The driver of the commercial bus, Yinka Ajayi who spoke to SaharaTV disclosed that the rice he was carrying belonged to a trader who bought them at Sango market and was taking it to Agege Market to sell. He added that the customs van has ‘Nigeria Customs Service, Ikeja Patrol Van’ written on it.
Meanwhile, in another report, the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service reportedly shot and injured a pregnant woman identified as Bukola Olugunna, at Iyana Iyesi, in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Olugunna, who is carrying an eight-month pregnancy, was allegedly shot by the NCS Operatives attached to the Federal Operation Unit, Ikeja, around 7.45am while on her way to the office.
She is a member of the staff of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company.
An eyewitness said the woman was hit by stray bullets on her back and the left side of her body.
He explained that the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, he, however, said he could not ascertain whether the woman survived the gunshot wounds or not.
The source, further, hinted that the customs officials who shot the pregnant woman were later arrested by policemen attached to Onipanu Divisional headquarters, Ota, and were later taken to Sango police station.
When contacted, the spokesman of Customs FOU, Ikeja, Jerry Attah, said he was yet to confirm the incident.
The Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Customs Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed the incident but said the woman was only ‘brushed by stray bullets’ and not hit.
He said Customs operatives were on the trail of a suspected smuggled vehicle and not rice as claimed, then they were mobbed by some ‘unpatriotic members of the public.’
“The officers were on a trail of a suspected smuggled vehicle and in the process, they were mobbed by some unpatriotic members of the public,” he said.