On Sunday, the Oyo / Osun Command of Nigeria Customs (NIS) reacted to the shooting of a member of the National Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW) banned by a customs officer in Oyo State.
ONTOPNAIJA has learned that a NURTW member in Iseyin, Oyo State, Mr. Lateef Aboki was reportedly shot dead by a customs officer on Friday.
Aboki was shot dead on Friday evening when customs officials visited Moniya-Iseyin Park in Iseyin, as they followed a commercial bus suspected of carrying sacks of imported rice.
Customs officer allegedly shot NURTW member at sack of rice in Oyo
However, the public relations officer of the Oyo / Osun command of the NIS, Mr. Abdullah Lagos, reacted, saying that none of the officers in the command were responsible for the shooting.
Lagos, who spoke with ONTOPNAIJA on Sunday, said officers in the command were not responsible for the shooting of a motorist on Friday in the Iseyin area of Oyo state.
He added that the officer involved in the shooting was from the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigerian Customs Service.
“Immediately the incident reached us, the command controller, Ms. Uche Ngozi instructed the residential officers in Iseyin to quickly intervene in the others to restore normalcy around the area.
“We want to categorically state that the officers involved in the incident were not from our command, they are officers from the Federal Operational Unit, Zone A.
“We have not yet made an official statement until we are properly briefed on the incident, but for now we want to clarify the situation against media reports that the officers involved were from our command.
“We had no problem with the people of Iseyin and Oyo State in general, so we call for harmony between us and the people, we also appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian police to ensure let normality return.
He noted, however, that the Customs Comptroller frowned at the thought of having suffered losses in the performance of their duties by officers in the command.
He added that the comptroller said all officers in the command should ensure that they carry out their duties in accordance with the rules of engagement.