The Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi has expressed displeasure over the spate of the extra judicial killings by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, reiterating that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration would evolve more strategies, towards averting the recurring loss of lives and property of law-abiding citizens.
This is coming on the heels of a recent encounter between youths and security operatives along Siun-Abeokuta-Sagamu Interchange, where a life was claimed to have been lost and four others badly injured.
Talabi said this while addressing the aggrieved youths who stormed the Governor’s office complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta to protest against the loss of life and various degrees of injury, inflicted on their colleagues during a face-off with Custom officials.
The State scribe who was accompanied by other top government functionaries including the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alh. Shuaib Salisu, Special Adviser on Security, AIG Olusola Subair (rtd) and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alh. Waheed Odusile, among others, noted that the present administration frowned at such huge loss, assuring that investigations would be conducted to unravel those behind the killing, which he described as a ‘dastardly act’.
According to him “the government of Ogun State sympathises with the dead and those in the hospital as a result of the encounter with Custom on the Abeokuta-Sagamu interchange road. It is our concern, and we are resolute towards ensuring the safety and welfare of both citizens and residents alike, and we assure you that we will source for information that will allow us to be abreast of what really happened”.
In his response, one of the youths, Mr. Adewale Mara who informed there had been operational arrangement between security officials, decried the harassment and intimidation being experienced by traders from the security officials.