Shina Peller, the House of Representatives member representing Iseyin federal constituency has weighed on the incident where 5 indigenes were reportedly hit and killed stray bullets when Customs officers reportedly opened fire during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
The tragic incident happened when the residents of Iseyin in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State were marking the end of Ramadan on Thursday, May 13.
Vanguard was informed that the victims were killed officials of the Nigerians Customs Service who were purportedly involved in a gun duel with other men suspected to be smugglers.
Customs officers were reported to be chasing a Sport Utility Vehicle transporting bags of rice across the town’s borders. According to the eyewitness, the Customs officers began firing indiscriminately.
Regrettably, harmless merrymakers who were marking their Eid-il-Fitr were killed the stray bullets leading to the protest.
Reacting, Shina Peller wrote on Instagram while condemning the purported killings of civilians men of the Nigeria Customs Service:
I condemn in totality the purpoted killings of civilians 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 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.
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