Nigeria customs detain 4 officers over alleged killing in Ogun
London, Feb. 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, on Tuesday announced the detention of four of its officers who were suspected to be involved in the alleged killing of one Godwin Agada along Sagamu interchange area of Ogun State on Sunday.
According to the Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah in a press a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, the four officers were been detained pending the outcome of investigations into the matter by the investigation panel headed by the Zonal Coordinator Zone A, ACG Kaycee Ekekezie.
The statement reads: “Following the unfortunate incident on Sunday 17th February 2019 at Shagamu Interchange involving Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, which led to the death of a fellow citizen, Mr Godwin Agada Onoja, the Nigeria Customs Service has continued to maintain close contact with the bereaved family.
“We are pained by this sad development and share the grief of losing a fellow compatriot in a seemingly avoidable circumstance. We are and will continue to take every necessary step that will cushion the pain associated with losing a dear one.
“Consequently, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has directed a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident with the view to ensuring that justice is served. In line with this directive, the investigation panel headed by the Zonal Coordinator Zone A, ACG Kaycee Ekekezie has interrogated and detained four members of the patrol team.
“Nigerians will recall that in 2017, the Service made public its investigation and dismissal of five (5) officers implicated in the illegal release of the 661-pump action rifles from Apapa Port. The dismissed officers were immediately handed over for prosecution alongside the importer and agent. A prosecution that is ongoing at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos.”
“In the same vein, the ongoing investigation will be holistic including looking at the weapon handling skills and actions that must be taken by the Service to possibly prevent future occurrence.
“We will continue to update the public details of every action taken in the handling of this unfortunate incident”.
A video of the incident had gone viral on internet, showing some customs officers in a rowdy situation along Expressway with a lifeless body on the ground. A voice in the video was alleged customs officers demanded for bribe.