Iseyin Elders Council (IEC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order immediate arrest and prosecution of officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service who allegedly killed passers-by in Iseyin on Sallah day while reportedly chasing rice smugglers.
IEC, through its Vice Chairman, who had a time served as former Commissioner for Works and Transport in Oyo State, Alhaji Bolaji Kareem, said the council identified the directive of Aseyin of Iseyinland, Oba AbdulGaniyu Adekunle Ologunebi Ajinese 1, that the Federal government should restrict activities of men of Customs and Excise to designated border posts while justice should be done and families of slain persons are adequately compensated.
“Iseyin Elders Council wants a probe panel to be instituted while indicted Custom officers should be charged with murder. We are tired of killings of innocent, harmless, defenseless citizens of Iseyinland and Oke-Ogun by blood-thirst criminals in uniform.
“We wonder why it’s only in this part of the country that men of Customs and Excise abandoned their duty posts at the border to chase shadow and recklessly massacre our law-abiding innocent residents.”
IEC also called on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to champion the course of defenseless citizens of Iseyin and Oke-Ogun in general who are being killed in cold blood by men of Customs and Excise, kidnappers, bandits, and herdsmen.
IEC also used the opportunity to commiserate with families of the slain, Aseyin of Iseyinland, and people of the town for the avoidable massacre, hoping that the murderers will be made to face justice. It also prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead.