…Decries alleged shooting of students, driver***
An alleged shooting on Tuesday by a gun totting Customs officer in Badagry may have finally anchored at the Lagos House of Assembly, as a lawmaker, and member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Ibrahim Layode, on Thursday decried the act, assuring that the matter would not be swept under the carpet.
An unnamed Customs officer allegedly shot two students of Kankon Secondary School: Afeez Sanumi, 23, and Michael Amore; and Yinusa Olatunji, the driver of a Mazda vehicle, in Badagry.
Layode, representing Badagry Constituency I, told newsmen in Lagos that the alleged shooting was “a crime against humanity’’, saying that perpetrator of the nefarious act should be brought to book.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to the shooting of some individuals at Inogi, along Owode Apa Road, Badagry in Lagos State precisely on Sept. 3.
“Fact finding revealed that the affected individuals are Afeez Sanumi, Yinusa Olatunji and Michael Amore, had no arms on them and had not committed any malfeasance.
“In as much as we will continue to encourage the men of the Nigeria Customs to carry out their responsibilities as statutorily required of them, we need to emphasise here that it has to be done with every sense of decency.“
Layode said unequivocally, that it had become a recurring decimal for the men of the Nigeria Customs to shoot our unarmed indigenes in Badagry at any slightest provocation.
According to him, it is not in reality with international best practices.
“Consequently, it is absolutely unacceptable and hereby condemned in its entirety, as it is an affront to our common humanity,’’ the lawmaker said.
Layode said that shooting of the three individuals would not be swept under the carpet. He said the House would get to the roots of the act and ensure that the affected officer faces the full scale of the law.
Layode assured his constituents that their security would be guaranteed, urging them to go about their legitimate businesses.
No official reaction has been received from the Nigeria Customs Service.