Friday, July 29, 2011
Customs Officers Crush Pupil To Death!
One of them, a three-year-old pupil died on the spot while the other two were critically injured.
But the NCS blamed the victims for their fate.
The victims, who are of the same family were hit while returning home from school by the officials who were driving at top speed shortly after impounding the car from an alleged smuggler.
Parents, teachers and passers–by, rained curses on the Customs men, who they accused of always driving recklessly while chasing smugglers in the area.
The three-year-old girl, Islamiyat Babatunde, died on the spot, while Babatunde Alilat ,Babatunde Faisat were feared maimed.
The Customs Public Relations Officer (PRO), in the Gateway State, Mr. Chike Ngige, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said the kids crossed the road without watching out for vehicles, adding the incident could happen to anybody.
He said: "Customs had made a seizure on their way to Abeokuta in the early hours of Tuesday when the accident happened; you know how pupils cross the road without looking. One of them, who is two years plus died after the incident, the two others who sustained injuries had been discharged.
"It was an accident. It can happen to anybody. It happened after our men have made a seizure and all of a sudden, the pupils, they were even more than three just crossed the road."