Customs Detain Four Officers Over Alleged Friend’s Shooting

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The Nigeria Customs Service has detained four officers over the killing of one Godwin Onoja, an alleged friend to the team.

The service said this in a statement, adding that it had set up a panel to look into the matter. It said investigations had been stalled because Destiny Onebamho, the officer who pulled the trigger, was receiving medical treatment after being attacked by motorists after the incident. 

A video which was circulated over the weekend showed Onebamho,a long with three other officers, allegedly trying to extort a group of travellers coming from Europe at the Sagamu end of the Lagos-Ore-Benin Expressway. 

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The team of officers were said to have been trying to extort N5,000 bribe from the travellers. 

It was gathered that the victim was shot during an altercation between the officers of the Federal Operations Unit of the NCS, Ikeja, Lagos, and the travellers, who boarded an Iyare Motors’ passenger bus travelling to Benin City from Lagos.

Joseph Attah, the customs Public Relations Officer, said Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General, had directed a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident with a view to ensuring that justice is served.

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 “Following the unfortunate incident of Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Sagamu interchange involving operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, which led to the death of a fellow citizen, Mr Godwin 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 will continue to take every necessary step to cushion the pain associated with losing a dear one.

“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.

“The panel could not immediately conclude the investigation because the actual officer, ASCI Destiny Onebamho, whose rifle accidentally discharged and killed Onoja, is presently receiving medical attention following the attack on him owing to the unfortunate incident. He will face the panel as soon as he is fit to do so to enable the panel conclude investigation and recommend appropriate actions,” the statement read. 

 

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