A Customs officer who alongside his colleagues, killed a rice smuggler in Apapa area of Lagos escaped being beaten to death as youths mobbed him.
The Customs officer who stormed the area with his colleagues and reportedly someone in the area because of “smuggled rice”, was left begging for his life after he was badly battered by the youths. The angry residents of the area were however restrained from further assaulting the Customs officer, because of his para-military personnel.
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Few months ago, a Customs officer was also in the news after he shot an 70-year-old man, Lamidi Oke dead in Olorunda village, Oyo State. The septuagenarian was allegedly shot dead by the officer while he was trying to intervene in an argument between some Customs operatives, and youths in the community over a barrier erected on a road within the neighbourhood.
The villagers had put up the barrier – two poles on both sides of the road with a bamboo placed across them – to curb the recurring accidents caused by reckless motorists plying the route.
It was gathered that a team of six Customs officers in a Hilux van got to the spot around 12:00pm and saw Lamidi and his younger brother, Muritala Oke, who were returning from the farm.
The officers were said to have ordered 66-year-old Muritala to remove the barrier so they could pass. But the man declined the order, telling them that motorists usually opened the barrier themselves and mounted it back after leaving the spot.
Enraged by the man’s response, the officers reportedly disembarked from their operational vehicle and uprooted the barrier.
Muritala, who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday, stated that some youths met the officers in the act and challenged them. He said the officers responded by shooting indiscriminately, during which the deceased intervened to make peace.