Iseyin elders ask Buhari to order arrest, prosecution of customs officers who allegedly killed residents

The Iseyin Elders Council (IEC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the arrest and prosecution of officers and men of Customs and Excise who allegedly killed innocent passers-by in Iseyin on Eid-el-Fitri day while allegedly chasing rice smugglers.

The IEC, through its Vice-chairman and former Commissioner for Works and Transport in Oyo State, Alhaji Bolaji Kareem, said the council identified the directive of Aseyin of Iseyinland, Oba AbdulGaniyu Adekunle, that the Federal Government should restrict activities of men of Customs and Excise to designated border posts while justice should be done and families of those killed be adequately compensated.

“Iseyin Elders Council wants a probe panel to be instituted while indicted custom officers should be charged with murder. We are tired of killings of innocent, harmless, defenceless citizens of Iseyinland and Oke Ogun by officers in uniform.

“We wondered why it is only in this part of the country that men of Customs and Excise abandoned their duty posts to chase shadows and kill our law-abiding innocent people,” it said.

The council also called on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to champion the course of defenceless citizens of Iseyin and Oke Ogun, in general, being killed by men of Customs and Excise, kidnappers, bandits and herdsmen.

The council commiserates with families of those killed, the Aseyin of Iseyinland and people of the town, hoping that the alleged killers will be made to face justice.


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