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Update: Nigeria Customs React To The Viral Video Where An Officer Shot A Civilian Dead

Nwogbunyama Emeka



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Few Minutes ago, we made a post of how a Nigerian Customs officer shot dead an unarmed man because of alleged N5000. In case you missed it, read the full story and watch the video HERE.

In reaction to the video that have been circulating online, Nigerian Customs released an official press statement to address the issue.

PoliticsNGR has been furnished with a statement from the Nigerian Customs signed by its Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah on a viral video showing a customs officer shooting an unarmed civilian in Ijebu-Ode.

Read the full story:  Custom Officer Shoot Unarmed Man Dead Over Alleged N5000

The Statement read;

“The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.While it is painful and totally unnecessary to lose life in anti-smuggling operations, today at Shagamu interchange along Ijebu Ode, attempt to obstruct lawful performance of duty by passengers of a commercial bus (a white Toyota Hiace) suspected to be carrying bales of used clothing led to the death of a young man (Godwin) and serious injury of a Customs Officer, ASC1, Destiny Onebamho.

Contrary to some narratives, the young man was not a passenger of the bus but a good citizen who always come to fetch water for Customs Patrol men anytime they return to the base.

Preliminary finding indicate that it was during the skirmishes and struggle to disarm the Officer that the rifle discharged and hit the friend of the Customs (Godwin) who lost his life. The Service is already in touch with the bereaved family.

Sadly, it should be noted that while attention shifted to the dead and the wounded, the passengers who filmed with inciting commentaries boarded their vehicle and left, leaving the wrong impression that it was one of them that was killed.

While the wounded Officer is under intensive care at the hospital, the patrol team has been recalled to the office for further investigation.”


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Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.