Nigerian customs allegedly kill 15-year-old girl, injure two chasing rice smugglers

Miss Sekinat Agbelade has been allegedly killed by an officer of the Nigerian customer at Ogun state while chasing a rice smuggler.

The incident happened at the Agosasa community in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Agbelade was shot by a customer officer while she died in a private hospital on Saturday.

The deceased was said to be going on her way when a bullet shot by the customer officer hit her.

Mr. Abdulahi Maiwada, the Ogun state command Police spokesperson, while confirming the incident,  said he doesn’t have the facts on the matter.

Maiwada said, “I can confirm the incident but I don’t have the facts. By the time I have the facts, I would make them available.”

However, a community resident told New Telegraph that the Customs officers were chasing a purple Toyota Camry which was allegedly driven by a suspected rice smuggler. After arresting the suspect, they reportedly started shooting indiscriminately.

“Everything happened about 1 p.m. on Saturday and aside Sekinat who died, two other people, 55-year-old Oluwole Oladosu and Saliu Babalola, was also injured by stray bullets.

“The incident happened in the Agosasa area. The Customs were chasing a smuggler and the exact place is called Ita-Sango. They were able to intercept the smuggler with his smuggled goods and a series of things happened and they started shooting indiscriminately. The surprising thing is that they started shooting sporadically at the people even after intercepting the smuggler.

“It was in the process that this lady, who was sent on an errand, was hit by a bullet. Even with the bullet on her, she was making effort to run but she became weak.

“There is one 55-year-old Oluwole who saw the lady wriggling in pain because of the bullet wound and made an effort to rescue her.

But these Customs officers, who had already moved the smuggled car, turned back and shot him for daring to save the young girl.

“The lady was taken to Olutunu Hospital at Agosasa where Dr. Fatokun made frantic efforts to salvage her life but she had lost a lot of blood because of the bullet wound and she died along the line.”

 

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