The Ogun Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has reacted to the unfortunate incident of the death, through stray bullet, of one Idowu Moses at Oja-Odan in the Yewa South Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, September 26, 2020, saying, the bullet that killed the victim was aimed at Customs operatives by hoodlums.
In a press statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSC H. B. Oloyede, “On the fateful day, at about 0930 hours, officers and men of Zone ‘B’ team of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun I Command, went on information patrol along Oja-odan, Eggua axis and intercepted about 18 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each) from a convoy of motorcycles, and a motorcycle left behind by some suspected smugglers who absconded with some other motorcycles after sighting our officers. However, the said rice and the motorcycle were evacuated inside the official patrol van and the team left the spot of the arrest.
“On their way out, our officers were ambushed and attacked by the mob, armed with dangerous weapons, including Dane guns, bottles, stones, and charms, which were used to launch a vicious attack on our officers and men. One officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs II, A. K Usman, was abducted along with his rifle by the hoodlums. The team immediately called for reinforcements of both Customs and other security agencies for assistance in restoring law and order.
“The reinforcements were timely as the police contingent were able to rescue the abducted officer in a bush path. Upon his rescue by the police, the abducted officer was found to have been beaten to stupor, the magazine of his rifle loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition was found empty of the ammunition and was damaged. This is an indication that the hoodlums fired his rifle which could have led to the death of the victim, given that the hoodlums are untrained in the handling of such weapon”, the PRO stated.
Oloyede further stated that a suspect, in connection with the mayhem that led to the ugly incident, was arrested at the scene and had been detained for further investigation, adding that, “The Nigeria Customs Service note with regret, the death of one Mr. Idowu Moses, said to have been hit by a stray bullet suspected to have been fired by one of the hoodlums, using the firearm of the abducted officer. This explains why the rifle was returned without a single ammunition. We also wish to register our heartfelt condolence and prayers to the family and friends of the bereaved for this irreparable loss”.
The PRO, however, said that investigation was ongoing, the outcome of which shall be made public.