Custom Officers kill 15-year-old girl in Ipokia
A 15-year-old girl, Sekinat Agbelade, was allegedly shot dead by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Agosasa, Ipokia Local Government Area.
According to Vanguard, Sekinat was shot while the custom officers were chasing some rice smugglers in the community. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she eventually died.
An eyewitness identified as Kazeem, said the Customs officers were chasing a Toyota Camry which was allegedly driven by a suspected rice smuggler. After arresting the smugglers, they reportedly started shooting indiscriminately.
“Everything happened at about 1 pm on Saturday and aside Sekinat who died, two other people, 55-year-old Oluwole Oladosu and Saliu Babalola, was also injured by stray bullets,” Kazeem was quoted as saying.
“The incident happened in Agosasa area. The Customs were chasing a smuggler and the exact place is called Ita-Sango. They were able to intercept the smuggler with his smuggled goods and series of things happened and they started shooting indiscriminately. The surprising thing is that they started shooting sporadically at the people even after intercepting the smuggler”.
“It was in the process that this girl, who was sent on an errand to buy nylon was hit by a bullet. Even with the bullet on her, she was making effort to run but she became weak.”
“There is one 51-year-old Oluwole who saw the lady wriggling in pain because of the bullet wound and made an effort to rescue her. But these Customs officers, who had already moved the smuggled car, turned back and shot him for daring to save the young girl.”
“The lady was taken to Olutunu Hospital at Agosasa where Dr. Fatokun made frantic effort to salvage her life, but she had lost a lot of blood because of the bullet wound and she died along the line”.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun 1 Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed the incident but said he won’t be able to comment on it as he doesn’t have details of what transpired during the incident.
“I am aware of the incident. But I don’t have details of what transpired. So, I won’t be able to comment on it. I will get back to you when I get the details.” Maiwada said.