The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has claimed that the shooting incident where two Eruwa citizens were killed after last weekend’s Local Government Election was not perpetrated by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service.
The claim was made in a statement issued on Monday by the Oyo/Osun Command spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Kayode Wey. He also added that Customs operatives were not present at any of the election venues.
In the statement, he called on the general public to ignore what he called “a false narrative”, stating that it was started by those who wanted conflict between the Customs Service and the host communities they operate in.
In his words: “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to online reports by Livetimesng.com, Goalpoachernews.com and Oyonews.com.ng alleging that Customs Personnel had killed two (2) individuals in the Eruwa community during the just concluded Local Government Elections in Oyo State.”
“A careful review of intelligence gathered indicates that there was a clash between political supporters of candidates which led to the destruction of properties and possible loss of lives as being reported but wrongly linked to the Nigeria Customs Service; as the Service had nothing to do with the unfortunate situation.”
“Contrary to claims in various reports, no Customs personnel or vehicle was sighted during and after the election process; and at the scene of the incident. For the avoidance of doubt, our officers are identified by their official uniform and uniquely coloured operational vehicles while performing our statutory duties.”
“The vehicle in question at the scene of the incident was reported to be a White Toyota Hilux pickup which is not for the Nigeria Customs Service. While the motive for the linkage of the Service to the story remains unknown, we state clearly that Nigeria Customs Service personnel were not there and could not have been involved in a political crisis.”
“Therefore, we urge members of the public to desist from spreading false news that is capable of breaching peace.”
“Nigeria Customs Service will remain committed to the course of Nation building by discharging its statutory functions of suppressing smuggling, revenue generation and facilitation of legitimate trade in tandem with the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004.”
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