Customs Personnel Have Ignited The Violence We Successfully Put Out – I.D.U
….Appeals For Calm and Cooperation From Stakeholders
*Alhaji Bayo Raji, National President, I.D.U*
The umbrella body of Iseyin indigenes, Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U) has described the action of the personnel of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), who shot indiscriminately and killed about four persons on Thursday, as dastard and unprofessional, calling on the residents of the town to remain calm.
The Union’s National President, Alhaji Bayo Raji said this while responding to the news of the killing which occurred in the afternoon of the Sallah day, after the men of Customs service intercepted some bags of smuggled rice at one of the boarders outside the community.
*A by-stander that was fell by stray bullets from the gun of the Customs officers*
*An apartment belonging to late Alhaji L.A Taiwo was torched by the mob*
The lawyer pointed that the wall of peaceful coexistence that has prevailed after the EndSARS crisis that led to the burning of the Iseyin Divisional Police Headquarters and destruction of rented buildings and properties used by other security agencies in the community, has been pulled down by the action of the unknown Customs officers.
The Chronicler Newspaper gathered that angry mob that converged on the Customs base razed personal properties that was not part of the office of the government agency and burnt two patrol vehicles belonging to the NCS.
Raji said “the incident that occurred today is very sad and dastardly, we want to appeal to our people to please, in the name of the Almighty, remain calm, justice shall be done.
“Ramadan has just ended and these trigger-happy Customs officers just decided to ignite a fire of violence that we have succeeded in putting out after the EndSARS crisis.
“The outcry against the high-handedness of these Nigerians that are paid and kitted with our taxes is across the nation, from Katsina to Ibadan and now in Iseyin, but we should not put laws into our hands, please let us remain calm.”
Alhaji Bayo appreciated the efforts of the traditional council in Iseyin, led by Oba Dr. Abdulganiy Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi (Ajinese 1), Aseyin of Iseyin, for quickly intervening and dousing the tension brought about by the killing.
“Speedy action shall be taken, but we have challenges and we should not allow our community to be destabilized, may the soul of the departed rest in peace,” he prayed.