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Tension Rocks Iseyin As Custom Officers Kill Four, Injure Others on Sallah Day




At least four people have been allegedly killed by the officers of the Nigerian Customs Service while another person was badly injured in a sporadic shooting by the officers.

Sources who witnessed the shooting, said it when the officers intercepted smuggled goods coming through the borders.


The source added that some of those hit by stray bullets were residents who were celebrating Sallah.


The situation has caused tension in the community as family and friends of the slain and injured have taken to the streets in protests.

Meanwhile, the names and details of the victims could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.


It would be recalled that an indiscriminate shooting by the Customs personnel recently led to a clash with members of the proscribed Nigerian Union of Transport Workers (NURTW), as the Chairman of the Union in Iseyin was hit by a shot from the Customs officers.

The Officers of the Oyo/Osun Area Command of NCS, Kayode Wey, when contacted on phone said that he is not aware of the incident.

He said he was not sure if it was the custom officers from the Oyo/Sound Area Command but promised to get back to newsmen as soon as information concerning the incident is available.

Meanwhile, following the alleged killings of five youths in Iseyin in a crisis between men of Nigeria Customs Services whose identities have not been ascertained and some youths of the city, Aseyin of Iseyin land, Oba Dr. Abdulganiyy Adekunle Salau, Oloogunebi-Ajinese I has warned that henceforth, officers of Nigeria Customs Services should keep 40kilometers away from the border at Ayegun.

The monarch in a press release issued and made available to journalists this evening described the killings of the youths on a festive day as a bad occurrence that must be critically investigated to prevent a future reoccurrence.

Oba Dr Abdulganiyy however advised people of the city to be calm as he assured them that the culprit will not go without facing the wrath of the law. While appealing to Rice Dealers in Iseyin and the entire Oke Ogun to be law-abiding and peace-loving in their businesses.

He said “we will no longer allow custom officers to continue wasting the lives of our promising younger ones, our future and hope and so drastic steps shall be taken to look into both the remote and the immediate causes of the killings.

“Aseyin-in-Council is going to wade into this matter and we shall get to the root of it. I enjoined members of the families affected by the casualties to repose confidence on the traditional institution because prompt actions are being taken to allow peace to reign permanently in the town.”

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