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Vulcaniser killed as customs chase smugglers

By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Tension  has gripped residents of  Oloparun town in  Oke-Odan in Yewa  South Local Government Area of Ogun State following  the alleged killing of a vulcaniser, Lekan Ogunmiti, by a custom officer while pursuing smugglers.

Vanguard  learnt that one of the custom officers  allegedly shot Ogunmiti, who was driving a Mazda car, dead while pursuing some  smugglers who evaded arrest by the officer at Oke-Odan.

It was gathered that immediately after the incident, some youths chased  the customs officers and beat one of them to a  coma while they  set  three vehicles including one of Hilux vehicle of the service ablaze.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public  Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi,  said the  State Commissioner  of Police, Mr. Ikemefuna  Okoye,   was in Oke-Odan to persuade the protesters  who had blocked all the major roads.

Ademuyiwa said Okoye would also visit the monarch of  Oke-Odan to seek his assistance in the matter, adding that the command had taken over the matter and would investigate it.

Reacting to the allegation of the killing by his men, the Public Relations officer  of the Nigeria Customs Service NCS, in Ogun state, Thike  Ngige,  described the victim as a smuggler, who according to him, attempted to evade arrest before  he was shot dead.

He alleged that Lekan was among smugglers who carried frozen chicken into the state through Oke-Odan  and “aiming at killing the officers by hitting them. They brought in the contraband in seven vehicles and all the vehicles escaped arrest but one. It was an attempt to deflate the tyres that led to his death.”


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