A stray bullet allegedly fired by men of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command 1, who were pursuing rice smugglers, has killed a pupil, one Sekinat Agbelade, at Agosasa in the Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.
Stray bullets from the Customs men’s guns also allegedly injured 15 residents of the area during a clash between the operatives and suspected smugglers.
Our correspondent gathered that Agbelade, a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil, was hit by a bullet while returning from an errand for her parents on Saturday.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital but died before she got to there.
The acting Coordinator, Ipokia Youth Forum, Deji Mawutin, our correspondent that apart from the deceased, 15 other persons were injured by stray bullets in the shootout which lasted hours.
According to him, Agbelade was preparing to sit the Senior Secondary School Examinations when the incident happened.
Mawutin recalled that a similar incident had occurred not too long ago when a young man, Odushina Opeyemi, was shot dead.
He said, “We totally frown on the way and manner in which the men of the NCS in our local government go about their activities with alleged smugglers.
“We call on the Area Comptroller, Agbara, to fish out the perpetrators and ensure that they face justice or he should await a rugged demonstration from the youths. “We can’t continue to live in fear because we are from a border community.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, When contacted confirmed the incident.
Oyeyemi, however, said he had yet to get a brief about the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in Ipokia.
The PPRO pledged to get back to our correspondent once he got the briefing from the DPO, but had yet to do so of the time of filing this report.