By Maritime Security News
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Sunday confirmed the killing of a young man, the service simply identified as Godwin along the Ijebu Ode/ Shagamu interchange in Ogun State by the officers and men of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Service.
This was as a result of the commotion that erupted in the earlier hours today Sunday, along the Lagos Shagamu expressway, after an officer of the Nigeria Customs service was alleged to have shot and kill a traveller.
The sudden news of shooting the young man in which the viral video depicted earlier in the day, saw a lady weeping over the death of a passenger who was allegedly shot by Customs officer.
The Video footage which has gone viral revealed an ensewed commotion between the officers and which led to the shooting and an alleged killing of a young man, the alleged shouting of a young lady who claimed that the officers killed his relative whom she was returning from abroad with and the mobbing or attack on one of the officers with blood stain all over him.
There were also blood spillage along the highway while some of the passengers were seen assaulting one of the officers who had blood stains on his uniform assumed to be in retaliation against the sudden and provoking death of the young man alleged to be a returnee outside the country.
In an attempt to explain the confusing situation, the service through a statement by the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attach stated that “The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.
According to Attah, the Service was already in touch with the bereaved family.
He noted that “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 agency is equally claimed that the wrong impression is being created as the passengers of the affected bus were claiming that it was one of them that was killed as the confusion set in.
“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.”