An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service has reportedly shot dead a 70-year-old man in Olorunda village in Oyo state.
The deceased, Lamidi Oke, was shot in the chest by the leader of a Customs team while he was trying to settle a diispute between the officers and some youths in the area.
Muritala Oke, the deceased’s younger brother, told Saturday PUNCH that the officers had asked him and his brother to remove a road barrier, a bamboo and two metals on either sides of the road. He said they had refused saying road users do so themselves. His response had angered the men, who disembarked from their van and destroyed the barrier. The matter had sparked outrage among some youths who accosted them.
Lamidi was trying to make peace when the leader of the team pulled his gun and shot him in the chest. The officers fled in their van after the act.
The deceased’s first child, Gafar, who lives in Abuja, said his father had called him on the telephone that Monday morning, adding that he was shocked when he got a call that the man had been shot dead. He lamented his father’s death saying he was the breadwinner of the family.
Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, said he was aware of the incident while Abdullahi Lagos-Abiola, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Command, said he doubts the authenticity of the matter. He said the command had contacted its officers and no issue related to the matter was reported.