Ogun monarchs threaten Customs with lawsuit over killings

No fewer than 40 traditional rulers under the aegis of Yewa Traditional Council in Ogun State have threatened to drag Nigeria Customs Service to court over alleged extra judicial killings of residents in the border towns of the state.

 Leading the traditional rulers in the area, the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewa land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, lamented that many  of their subjects were being killed by  the operatives of Nigeria Customs Service.

 Oba Olugbenle, who read a statement jointly signed by the 40 traditional rulers, stated, “We are sad by the spate of harassment, maiming, and killings of our people in Yewa communities and Ogun State by men of Nigeria Customs Service under the guise of pursuing smugglers or raiding of shops where smugglers items are kept.”

The traditional leaders lamented that the killings were rampant and urged President Muhammadu Buhari; Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu; and Director, Department of State Security Services, Yusuf Bichi,  to curb the excesses of customs officers.

The council also accused the public relations department of the service of covering its atrocities by feeding the press with distorted facts.

The council said, “The recent killings on Monday, 21st January at Owode-Yewa, Ogun State where five persons were killed and many injured in an irresponsible raid on the community.

 “We are not at war with anybody. A lawyer is taking up the issue on behalf of the community; we are toeing the path of Justice.”
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