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Shina Peller, a member of the House of Representatives representing the federal constituency of Iseyin, has responded to reports that five indigenous people were killed by stray bullets fired by Customs officers on Sallah day.
On Thursday, May 13, indigenes of Iseyin in Oyo State’s Oke Ogun district were celebrating the end of Ramadan when the tragic incident occurred.
A source told Vanguard that the victims were hit by bullets when men of the Nigeria Customs Service allegedly exchanged gunfire with some men believed to be smugglers.
The Customs men were said to be pursuing a Sport Utility Vehicle conveying bags of rice through the borders into the town. The eyewitness claims the Customs men started shooting indiscriminately.
Unfortunately, innocent revelers, who were out celebrating the Eid-il-Fitri, were hit and this led to a protest.
Reacting, Shina Peller wrote on Instagram:
I condemn in totality the purpoted killings of civilians by men of the Nigeria Customs Service in Iseyin yesterday.
According to the information made available to me, the victims, who were allegedly rice smugglers, were shot dead around Oja Oba area in Iseyin.
Whether the victims were actually smugglers or not, shooting sporadically in a public area where many innocent civilians were gathered to observe Eid-al Fitri celebration remains condemnable and should be treated as such by all.
While the Police has commenced an investigationI on the matter to unravel what really transpired, I urge my people to remain calm and peaceful.