Customs officer allegedly shoots driver in Oyo

• Situation has normalised ― Police

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was alleged to have shot a member of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lateef Aboki, at the Iseyin/Ibadan motor park in Iseyin on Friday evening.

It took the quick intervention of operatives of the Oyo State police command, Iseyin Division to prevent what could have degenerated into violence.

It was gathered that three Customs officers who were in mufti had chased a public transport vehicle to the motor park on the suspicion that it was conveying bags of rice.

An official at the park, Mr Lateef Shittu, said when the Customs officials got to the park, they were asked to identify themselves, but instead, they began shooting sporadically to scare people.

Mr Shittu said one of the bullets later hit Aboki on the chest and seeing what they had done, the officers fled the scene.

He said members of the park immediately contacted the Iseyin police division and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his officers arrived to calm the situation.

“In fact, the vehicle they came for was not conveying any bag of rice; they just came to create a problem at the motor park.

“It was the police who saved the situation.

“The victim was later taken to the hospital where he is responding to treatment,” Shittu said.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the NCS, Oyo/Osun Command, Mr Abdullahi Lagos, while speaking with Tribune Online, said the officers involved were not from the Oyo/Osun command.

“The officers are from the Federal Operations Unit and they are allowed to work anywhere. It is just that the incident happened in our jurisdiction but they are not officers of the command.”

Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Gbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the development.

SP Fadeyi said the DPO of Iseyin division immediately moved in so that there won’t be reprisals.

The police spokesperson said the situation in the town has returned to normal following the development.

 

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