Reactions Trail Alleged Killing Of A Bus Passenger By Customs Official Over Alleged N5,000 Bribe
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Nigerians have continued to condemn the alleged killing of a bus passenger by an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service over an alleged N5000 bribe.
The shooting which occurred on the Benin-Shagamu expressway on Sunday has led to outrage in the social media where the video had gone viral.
But the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has in the meantime, denied the video and reports.
Joseph Attah, NCS Public Relations Officer, denied the report in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
Media reports have been trending, claiming that one officer of the NSC shot dead a passenger for refusing to give N5,000 bribe.
“The attention of (NSC) has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.
“It is painful and totally unnecessary to lose life in anti-smuggling operations. Today at Shagamu interchange along Ijebu Ode, attempt to obstruct the 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 indicates that it was during the skirmishes and struggle with the passengers to disarm the officer that the rifle discharged and hit the friend of the Customs (Godwin) who lost his life,” he explained.
He said that the service was 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 vehicles and left, leaving the wrong impression that it was one of them that was killed.”
The spokesperson disclosed that the wounded officer was now under intensive care at the hospital, while the patrol team had been recalled to the office for further investigation.