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Iseyin Killings: Senate Calls For Investigation of Victims of Customs Lawlessness, Demands Compensation

On Tuesday, the Senate decided that the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and the Senate Committee on Police Affairs should craft out suitable compensation to families whose members they killed during the Customs shootings.

The decision of the Senate followed the motion by Buhari Abdulfatai who said the customs manifested long-held abuse of processes in her handling of the crossfire at Iseyin.

The victims of the crossfire owing to unprofessionalism are Ibrahim Mojeed, Timothy Gbadegesin, Tobiloba Opeyemi, Abdullah Abdulazeez and a yet to be identified man.

The resolution reads: “Urge the Senate to mandate the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to jointly interface with the hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Customs Service towards ensuring that the incident is thoroughly investigated and any wrongdoers brought to book and organizing proper compensation to the families of the deceased and the injured.”

The motion requested a serious investigation of the recent killing of civilians by men of the Nigeria Customs Service in Iseyin and breaking of shops in Ogbomosho and Ibadan and the necessity for professionalism in the Customs.

The Senate also urged “the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to interface with the top hierarchy of the Nigeria Customs Service towards the reorientation of members of the Service to restrain the use of firearms in the course of their official engagements in line with international best practices and also return all the money taken away.”

Citing Abdulfatai, the right to life of the five killed was deprived of them by the Customs operation.

He pointed out that the right to life is a qualified constitutional right in Nigeria and states that persons living in Nigeria shall have a right to life and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life unless in the execution of the sentence of a court of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty.

He revealed that “the Senate regret that custom officials have abused these privileges and turn themselves into something else by terrorising and harassing innocent citizens, breaking their shops in absentia and carting away money and rice in their shops.”

Senator Abdulfatai said that the sum of N1,200,000.00 million naira (N1.2m) with 600 bags of rice were carted away in Ogbomoso as well as N4,000,000.00 million naira (N4m) with lorry loads of rice from shops in Ibadan on the 1st, 2nd, and 6th of May.
[19/05, 11:55] +234 909 009 7016: I Am Not Aspiring For Any Political Office, I Just Want to Concretise My Late Husband’s Work – Florence Ajimobi

Immediate former First Lady of Oyo State, Dr (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi during the past weekend hosted a number of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, in her Oluyole residence.

The former First lady speaking said she desires to concretise the legacies of her late husband, one of which was to continue on the peace process that he embarked upon before his demise.

Adding that she’s not interested in politics and not aspiring for any political position.

Her words: “One of the things on his mind was to ensure that peace reigned in Oyo APC. He wanted all the different factions to come together.

“I am not interested in politics, I am not aspiring for any political position. As a politician’s wife, I can only support as I have always done when my husband was alive and I will continue to offer that support. “

The former First Lady hosted members of the APC family to Iftar and extended the weekend hosting to those who could not be accommodated during the period.

The event was for the important dignitaries in the Oyo State APC family.

The weekend of the meeting started on Saturday when the National Assembly members stormed her residence.

Among the visitors were the two Senators representing Oyo State at the upper chambers, Senator Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central) and Senator Abdulfatai Buhari (Oyo North).

The lower chamber colleagues also attended the event, notably were Hon Akeem Adeyemi (Skimeh), Hon Olaide Akinremi, Hon Tolu Akande- Shadipe, Hon Olumide Ojerinde, Hon Akin Alabi, Hon Olatunbosun Olajide and Hon Shina Peller. They were joined by the State Caretaker Chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke.

The victorious ALGON team, took their spot at her residence the next day.

Present were all the 68 local government chairmen now referred to as Forum 68 who were all in ebullient spirit over their victory. They were led by the State Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye.

The governorship aspirants and the party gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election, were also present.

Present were Oloye Adebayo Adelabu, Dr Olusola Ayandele (Eruobodo), Mr Joseph Tegbe, the international surgeon, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, Ayo Kareem, Prof Soji Adejumo.

Others at the event are former Commissioner for Justice and a member of the legal team, Mr Seun Abimbola, SAN, former Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Ogunesan, former Commissioner for Lands, Mr Isaac Omodewu, former Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, former Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, Mr Femi Oyedipe, the State APC Woman Leader, Mrs Mabel Williams, Sir Wale Murphy, Mr Olugbenga Olayemi, among others.

Also on Saturday morning the Ajimobi Legacy Forum (ALF), visited and she hosted them.

Where each of the guests paid glowing tributes to the late Immediate past, two-term governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

They nostalgically recounted his tenure that witnessed infrastructural development in the State.

Most paid glowing tribute to the state of peace and stability that was the hallmark of the administration.

They equally showered tribute on Mrs Ajimobi for her initiative that made the coming together of the various factions in the State APC, possible.

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