By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State House of Assembly has condemned the gruesome killings of law-abiding and innocent residents of the state by men of the Nigeria Customs Service, especially in the border communities under the guise of curbing smuggling of rice into the country.
Consequently, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo has challenged heads of security agencies in the state to call their men to order with a view to reflecting attitudinal change and imbibe the standard rule of engagements to stop avoidable killings in the course of their operations.
Oluomo, gave the charge while responding to the remarks of a member representing Yewa North I State Constituency, Hon. Adegoke Adeyanju under Personal Explanations at the resumption of plenary on Thursday after the new year recess by lawmakers, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He lamented a situation where security agents would mount multiple check points on the roads along the nation’s borders, yet they would still allow smugglers into the towns; only to start pursuing them in high density areas, shooting sporadically, recording casualties, who are mainly innocent people.
Describing the rising spate of extra-judicial killings across the state as unacceptable, Oluomo stated that it was high time the operatives were more conscious in their operations, stressing the need to be responsive and effective at securing the lives and property of the entire residents of the state.
Earlier in his presentation, Adeyanju had lamented the recent alleged killing of a two year old infant at Ilaro by the men of the Nigeria Customs, who were pursuing smugglers as well as the kidnap and gruesome murder of the 37 year-old son of Baale Afami Village, Imasai, Falana Gbenga (Aka Onile) at Imasai, after the kidnappers had demanded ransom which was being arranged by the family.
The lawmaker lamented that the security personnel were busy tracking rice to the detriment of the security of lives and property of the citizens.