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Ogun Lawmakers Caution Customs Officials From Killing Civilians While Chasing Smugglers
Ogun lawmakers on Tuesday cautioned the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to be cautious while apprehending smugglers in border towns to avoid killing of innocent citizens.
Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker, made the appeal while responding to the submission of a member representing Imeko/Afon State Constituency, Mr Jemili Akingbade, who spoke under personal explanation during plenary in Abeokuta.
Ogun Today reports that four persons were on Saturday feared dead, while six others sustained gunshot injuries following a bloody clash between men of the NCS and suspected smugglers.
The incident happened at Ilara area, a border town in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of the state.
Reacting to the incident, Adekunbi (APC-Yewa North 1) said the state government had waded into the matter to prevent recurrence.
He added that there was need for the men of the NCS to always exercise restraint in the use of fire arms to prevent avoidable deaths.
Condoling with the families of those who lost their lives in the incident, the speaker called on the paramilitary agency to carry out their operations with utmost professionalism.
Earlier, Akingbade had intimated the House of the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of four persons, saying that the activities of the custom officers should be checked.
The lawmaker (PDP – Imeko Afon) appealed to the state government to convey a meeting with security operatives including the state controller of customs in order to call the custom officers to order.
Also at the plenary, a bill titled: H.B No. 026/OG/2018- The Harmonised Revenue and Other Charges Law was read for the first time on the floor of the Assembly by the Clerk of the Assembly, Lanre Bisiriyu.