The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in the evening of Sunday, February 17, explained the situation that degenerated into the killing of a citizen of the country at the Shagamu interchange along Ijebu Ode area of Ogun state earlier in the day.
The agency denied the reports that trended earlier in the day showing that one of its officers killed a passenger for refusing to give bribe.
In the video that trended, the voice of a passenger could be heard screaming and saying the victim was killed because of N5,000 which the customs officers at the interchange demanded and which led to an altercation.
In his reaction, the spokesperson of the Nigerian customs service, Joseph Attah, said: “The attention of (NSC) has been drawn to a disturbing video going viral with conflicting narratives.
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.
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.
— OGA Nelson (@theoga_nelson) February 17, 2019