Unarmed man shot by Customs officers dies in Ogun

Customs officers shoot another unarmed man in Ogun 
Another victim of trigger-happy Customs officers in Ogun.


Atanda Idowu Moses, the unarmed man shot by trigger-happy Customs operatives in Oja Odan, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State on Saturday, has died. 

A relation of the deceased, Olatunji Olaniran who confirmed this on Sunday, said Moses died on Saturday night at the Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta, the State capital where he was taken to for treatment. 

The deceased, a panel beater, was working in his shop when he was hit by stray bullets fired by men of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Moses was until his death the Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Panel Beaters, Oja Odan branch.

Olatunji said the deceased who was the only surviving son of his aged mother was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Oja Odan from where he was transferred to FMC, Abeokuta where he died.

According to an eyewitness, Moses was in his shop with another artisan when Customs officers identified as Jalo and Abdulahi fired shots that killed him. 

The shooting of Moses is the latest by the trigger-happy Customs officers who appear to delight in shooting indiscriminately in crowded areas in the name of chasing smugglers.

No fewer than six of such indiscriminate shootings have been recorded mostly in Ogun State in recent times even as the Customs management appeared unperturbed as it has neither condemned the action nor brought any of the culprits to book.

In July, Customs officers at Seme shot and killed two young boys – Hunsu Taiwo aged 12 and Ganjo Henry aged 10. 

The boys were playing in their compound when they were hit by Customs’ bullet.

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