Rep accuse the customs and order the payment of compensation of N360 million to the victims

The House of Representatives has ordered the  Nigeria custom services (NCS) to pay N200 million to 10 people killed by customs in Jibia, Katsina State.

The Chamber also ordered NCS to pay N160 million to eight people killed in Oyo State.

The decision followed the adoption of the report by the House Customs and Excise Committee that investigated the killings.

On Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole, chaired by Deputy Spokesperson Idris Wase, considered the report submitted by the Chairman of the Customs and Excise Committee, Leke Abejide (ADC, Kogi).

Katsina Murders

In August 2021, a Nigerian Customs Service Hilux truck rammed people on the side of a road in the town of Katsina in Jibia, leaving dozens dead.

Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) had filed a motion calling for an investigation into the accident.

According to Mr. Soli, the NCS men had the accident while chasing the rice smugglers, although the NSC, during the investigation hearing, claimed that the killings were the result of an accident and not due to the pursuit of the smugglers. .

Customs Deputy Comptroller General in Charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection Elton Edorhe said the agency took action immediately after the accident.

Mr. Abejide’s report recommended N20 million to each family of the victims, in addition, N2 million to each of the 13 who suffered injuries.

Victims of Iseyin

The killings in Iseyin in Oyo State and the subsequent motion filed by Shina Peller (APC, Oyo) on the matter.

The Chamber, following the motion, resolved that the customs committee must investigate the circumstances surrounding the murders.

At the hearing, Olugbenga Akinlabi, the victims’ lawyer, had demanded 4.5 billion naira as compensation.

Akinlabi demanded 1 billion naira for each of the relatives of those who lost their lives and 500 million naira for the victims who survived the attack.

Instead, the Chamber awarded N80 million to the deceased and N2 million to the surviving victim.

Igangan, tapas murders

In September, the Chamber had decided to investigate the Igangan murders after a motion presented by Muraina Ajibola (PDP, Oyo).

At the hearing, Kehinde Ejibunu, the controller of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, said that “the matter was not without cause.”

He claimed the officers acted in self-defense.

However, as in the Iseyin case, lawmakers ordered compensation of N80 million to the families of the deceased and N2 million to the injured victims.

Other resolutions

The Chamber also resolved that:

-As constant conflict with communities is counterproductive and unsustainable, the Nigerian Customs Service should vigorously deepen its engagement with traditional rulers, community stakeholders, host communities, relevant trade associations, police networks local and local security teams to prevent further loss of life and property on all sides.

-The officers involved in the acts of murder of innocent Nigerians should be brought to justice, prosecuted and punished accordingly to deter others.

“That provision should be made for the urgent procurement of ballistic (bulletproof) vehicles, bulletproof vests and helmets for the Nigerian Customs Service to deal with reckless smugglers who attack their officers at border stations every time they open fire. Against them. This would encourage the Nigerian Customs Service to be able to reduce smuggling with fewer casualties on their side.”

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