Singer Adekunle Gold has called out the Nigerian Customs over what he describes as a ‘disrespectful press release’ by the institution following the viral video of a custom officer killing a civilian because of a Five Thousand naira bribe.
Reacting to the viral video that captured the ‘murder’, Nigerian Customs issued a press release saying, ‘our attention has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives. While it is painful and totally unnecessary to loose 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’.
The statement also said, ‘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 riffle 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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Whatever you do in this country, just be successful so that when you get slaughtered, at least your death will matter. Nigerian Customs are downplaying the death of that man because he’s allegedly someone that fetches water for them? It’s time we had a serious conversation
Nigerian Customs officer on duty
Is this wan custom or isakaba
This Nigerian Customs story is really itching me to tell the story of my encounter with Federal Road Safety officers on the 3/3/16. I however cannot because the matter is still subjudice on appeal. Whatever happens those guys should NEVER bear arms. I’m still blocked by them too
The Nigerian customs PRO can keep lying through his teeth on TV, videos don’t lie, it will go on record that an officer of the Nigerian customs murdered a young man and the customs PRO is trying to cover up the murder. Few moments before this murder someone said “shoot it”