The operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, have reportedly shot a pregnant woman, identified as Olugunna Bukola, in Ogun State.
The victim who was said to be 8-months pregnant and a staff of IBEDC Ota, was allegedly shot by the NCS operatives attached to the Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Ikeja, around 7.45a.m. while on her way to resume at the office.
While speaking to a correspondent, a resident of the area who witnessed the incident, said the woman was hit by stray bullets on her back and the left side of her body, when the customs officials were on the pursuit of rice smugglers in the area.
The source also said though the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, he was not sure if she survived the gunshot wounds or not.
It was also reported that the customs official who shot the pregnant woman was later arrested by policemen attached to Obasanjo Farm police station and later taken to Sango Police Station.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Ogun State Customs Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, however, confirmed that the incident, but said the woman was only brushed by stray bullets and not hit.
According to him, the officers were on a trail of a suspected smuggled vehicle, and not rice as claimed, when they were mobbed by some “unpatriotic members of the public”.
“The officers were on a trail of a suspected smuggled vehicle and in the process, they were mobbed by some unpatriotic members of the public. The officers were left with no option than to shoot sporadically into the air, in the process, the woman was brushed by a stray bullet.“The Customs officers were in police station for safety to avoid mob attack not the insinuation that they were arrested by the police. We spoke with the relative of her husband and the doctor, they both confirmed that the woman is responding to treatment,” Maiwada stated.
Brother in-law of the victim, Tosin Ologunna, said she had been stabilised at the hospital, adding the pregnancy was not also affected.
In the words of Tosin,
“I thank God that she who was shot this morning is now okay and stable. The pregnancy too, the doctors said it was okay. The victim is my younger brother’s wife and I am happy she survived the gunshot.“But I must tell you that we feel cheated and we want justice to be done in this case. Imagine the Police Area Commander of Sango just instructed that the hospital bill be paid and nothing more. To me, this is cheating and unfair,”