Customs stray bullet allegedly kills15 -year -old boy in Ogun


Men of the Nigeria Customs Service  on Friday allegedly shot and killed a 15 -year -old boy Rilwan Bello around Owode Idiroko in Ipokia local government area of the state. 
According to eyewitness account,  the customs men, broke into shops, parked away bags of sugar and rice.

It was gathered that the customs officers were shooting into the air to scare away reprisal attacks and in the process, their stray bullet hit the boy on the head.

It was gathered that the boy , who was killed Friday morning, was an SS1 student  at Area community high school Owode.

But in a swift reaction,  the NCS said that one  person was killed when  men of  Nigeria customs  engaged suspected cultists  in gun battle around Owode Yewa in Yewa South local government area of Ogun. 

Abdullahi Maiwada, Public Relations Officer, Customs Area Controller,  Ogun I Command, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday .

Maiwada explained that at about 8:30am on May 1 , some group of miscreants, suspected to be cultists (popularly known as ‘eye boys’ violently confronted Officers of NCS Ogun I Command Anti-smuggling Patrol Team with assorted weapons at Owode.

He said that the team came across such hostility while  peacefully performing their lawful duty with vivid arrest of smuggled 47 bags of sugar, 13 bags of rice (50 kg each) and three cartons of sugar stocked at a residence located along Owode-Idiroko Road. 

“In the melee that ensued, information available revealed that one among the suspected cultists died, while Officers including the team leader sustain various degree of injuries. 

“The name of the deceased who is popularly know among the ‘area boys’ is Owoeba. Other popular members of the notorious gang at large are Angaba, Wudor, Solomon (a.k.a K.Solo). 

“We wish to use this opportunity to acknowledge the timely intervention of Nigerian Army 192 Battalion Owode, Operatives of National Border Drill, Nigeria Police Force Owode.

” In the same vein, we wish to recognize the  patriotic Owode Youths who shunned the cultists and assisted the operatives of Nigeria Customs Service to evacuate the offensive goods. 

“Their action is worthy of emulation as the NCS is always out to perform their duty for the common good of the entire nation,” he said. 
The NSC public relations officer, however,  said that  investigation on the circumstances surrounding the incident was  ongoing and the outcome shall be made available accordingly.  

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