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Killings: Lagos Assembly Seeks Restriction Of Customs’ Operations

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Piqued by recent killing of Mrs. Patricia Oni by officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the Badagry area of Lagos while pursuing smugglers of rice, the Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the Presidency to prevail on officers of the Service to restrict operations to Borders and Seaports.

Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly who stated this during plenary noted that chasing smugglers from the Borders or Seaports is an indictment on the Service.

Earlier Hon. David Setonji representing Badagry Constituency 2 said officers of the Service on November 20, 2018 chased some smugglers from the Border to Badagry town shooting sporadically and in the process killed Mrs.Patricia Oni and injured one person.

While commending the police for the prompt arrest of the officers involved he enjoined the Comptroller General of Customs Hameed Ali to call his men to order.

He also posited that Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris must ensure that the killing should is properly investigated and those found culpable should be prosecuted.

Hon. Raheed Makinde stated that it has now become routine for officers of the Service to chase smugglers from the Border to hinterland and by extension distract people going about their normal businesses.

According to him, the Badagry Border is about 30 Kilometers away from the residential area adding that activities of officers should be restricted.

Hon Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, said that apart from ensuring that officers found culpable are prosecuted he enjoined family of the deceased to press for compensation.



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