Ogun State Gov, Dapo Abiodun
There are indications that the Ogun Government will probe the circumstances leading to the death of three students of Ojumo Community High School, Ihunbo in Ipokia Local Government Area of the State ,allegedly caused by a vehicle, driven by officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), who were on the chase of fleeing suspected smugglers.
This is because Governor Dapo Abiodun is resolved that the State would investigate the death of three students, with a view to knowing , the measures to be put in place to prevent a recurrence and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Governor had made this known on Tuesday through his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, saying that that he received with shock, the incident which resulted in the death of the three students with others sustaining various degrees of injuries.
Abiodun noted that it was painful that young children with promising future lost their lives in such a manner, praying that the Almighty God would grant the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
He urged the people of Ihunbo and its environs to be calm and patient, advising officers of the Nigeria Customs Service to always apply caution during operation.
Earlier, the youths from eight of the border communities in Ipokia Local Government Area of the State embarked on a walk around of the security formations in the area, appealing to the officers to put a halt to the alleged reckless killing of their people, under the guise of hunting down smugglers and other criminals.
The youths under the aegis of Ipokia Local Government Youths Policy Forum(ILGYPF), drawn from Idiroko, Ago – Sasa, Ijofin, Ilase, Ifoyintedo, Ajegunle, Aseko, Ihunbo – all in Ipokia Local Government Area of the State, yesterday took the peace walk to the Immigration , Customs and Nigeria Police office in Idiroko, preaching peaceful relationship between them and the security agencies.
The youths were received by the Police and Immigrations , with exception of the NCS, Idiroko Command where they were told that the officer who should attend to them, was not around.
The Acting Coordinator of the Forum, Deji Imoleayo, who addressed reporters, said they and their parents have continued to accommodate and show love to all federal security formations in their domains demanding that the affected government agencies henceforth accord respect to their lives and safety
Imoleayo alleged that no fewer than 100 of their people have been cut down extra – judicially through indiscriminate firing of guns in residential areas by the security agents, lamenting that the victims have largely been the innocent ones and not smugglers or other criminals.
He said the youths are not opposed to the federal government’s war against smuggling and other border crimes in the communities, but added that the security agents should go about executing the war without exposing the lives of their innocent brothers, sisters, parents and kids to routine grave danger.
The Divisional Police Officer for Idiroko Divisional Police Headquarters, Sunday Opebiyi, who addressed the youths, commended their maturity and assured of the Police readiness to partner with them for lasting peace in the area.