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Four Customs officers detained over Ogun shooting incident

The Nigeria Customs Service has made public the
interrogation and detention of four of its officers in connection with the
shooting to death on Sunday of one Mr. Godwin Onoja, identified as a friend of
the Service.

Spokesman of the Nigeria customs Service, Mr.
Joseph Attah, made this known in a statement to newsmen.
Attah said that the Service had maintained
contacts with the family of the deceased to
commiserate with them since the unfortunate incident on Sunday at the Shagamu
interchange in Ogun.
He said: “Following the unfortunate
incident on Sunday 17th February 2019 at Shagamu Interchange involving
Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, which led to the death of a
fellow citizen, Mr. Godwin Agada Onoja, the Nigeria Customs Service has
continued to maintain close contact with the bereaved family.
We are pained by this sad
development and share the grief of losing a fellow compatriot in a seemingly
avoidable circumstance. We are and will continue to take every necessary step
that will cushion the pain associated with losing a dear one.
Attah said that a
thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident
had been instituted by the Comptroller-General of
Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd)
, with a view
to ensuring that justice is served.
He said that the
investigation panel headed by the Zonal Coordinator Zone A, ACG Kaycee Ekekezie
, had yet concluded the investigation as the officer whose riffle
discharged (ASCI Destiny Onebamho) was stiill receiving medical attention as a
result of attack following the unfortunate incident.
He will face the panel as
soon as he is fit to do so, to enable the panel conclude investigation and recommend
appropriate action(s),”
Attah added.
The Customs Spokesman promised that the
ongoing investigation would be holistic
including looking at the weapon handling skills and actions that must be taken
by the Service to possibly prevent future occurrence.
He said the Service would cntinue to
update the public
with details of every action
taken in the handling of the unfortunate incident, adding that the Service
would not shield any of its found
liable in the matter.
Attah made reference to the action taken by
the Service in 2017 when five officers found guilty upon investigation, where
dismissed and handed over for prosecution in the case of illegal
of 661-pump action riffles from Apapa Port.

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