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Customs Officer Allegedly Shoots Motorist Over Bag Of Rice In Oyo (Details)


Report says an officer (name withheld) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Oyo/Osun command has shot a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State.

It was gathered on Saturday that the incident occurred at Moniya park in Iseyin,  a town in Oyo State, Friday evening.

It was learnt that the officer shot the executive member of the NURTW, identified as Mr. Lateef Aboki at the Moniya park in Iseyin.

They were said to have gone to the park while chasing a public transport vehicle on suspicion of the vehicle carrying a bag of foreign rice.

Head of the park, Mr Lateef Shittu, confirmed the incident to journalists on Saturday.

Shittu said,
 “I was called around 4pm that some customs officers in mufti chased a vehicle which they believed was carrying a bag of rice to our park and in the process, hit one of our buses.

“They were asked to identify themselves as they wore no uniform and were in a private Lexus Jeep and instead of doing that, they started shooting, unfortunately one of the bullets hit one of my executive members, named Lateef Aboki in the chest.

“We thank God that he is responding to treatment and we also call on the authority to warn the Nigerian Customs officers to apply decorum and professionalism when doing their job.

“The vehicle they chased did not carry any rice when they eventually searched it, why chasing vehicles with private vehicle and in mufti? Do they even need to chase vehicles in the town and be shooting when they know there are many people walking by or those unknowingly driving by”.

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