March 22, 2019

4 Customs officers arrested over death of civilian while requesting bribe

4 Customs officers arrested over death of civilian while requesting bribe

Four Customs officers have been detained over the killing of a civilian while requesting a bribe.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) today confirmed four members of the patrol team involved in the murder of a civilian commuter, Godwin Onoja have been remanded.

The NCS further revealed an investigative panel has been constituted pending when the Destiny Onebamho, the officer who shot Onoja, recovers from injuries inflicted on him by the other aggrieved commuters.

Onoja was murdered by Onebamho who is a part of the five-man Customs patrol team along the Ore-Benin expressway over arguments on bribery to the tune of N5,000.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Customs service, Joseph Attah, on Tuesday disclosed Onebamho would be interrogated by the panel in order to mete out the necessary and appropriate disciplinary measures.

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The statement also stated the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) has directed a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident with a view to ensuring that justice is served.

Attah stated, “Following the unfortunate incident of Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Sagamu interchange involving operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, which led to the death of a fellow citizen, Mr Godwin Onoja, the Nigeria Customs Service has continued to maintain close contact with the bereaved family.

“We are pained by this sad development and share the grief of losing a fellow compatriot in a seemingly avoidable circumstance. We will continue to take every necessary step to cushion the pain associated with losing a dear one.

“In line with this directive, the investigation panel headed by the Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’, ACG Kaycee Ekekezie, has interrogated and detained four members of the patrol team.

“The panel could not immediately conclude the investigation because the actual officer, ASCI Destiny Onebamho, whose rifle accidentally discharged and killed Onoja, is presently receiving medical attention following the attack on him owing to the unfortunate incident.

“He will face the panel as soon as he is fit to do so to enable the panel to conclude the investigation and recommend appropriate actions.”

Attah added that the ongoing investigation would be holistic and would involve looking at the weapon handling skills of the operatives and actions that must be taken by the service to prevent future occurrences.

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