The umbrella body of Yewa and Awori students in Nigeria under the guise of National Association of Yewa/Awori Students (NAYES) has condemned the incessant killings of students by men of Nigeria Customs Service within the border areas of Ogun state.
In a statement released and signed by the National President of NAYES, Comrade (Prince) Adesina Ayokunle, he described the killings of innocent students as ‘reckless and unfortunate’.
“Our heart is heavy and we feel sad that this heartless attitude is reoccurring again after the killing of 3 students in Yewa land in October, 2019. We are sick and tired of this reckless and indiscriminate killings of our youth”.
Comerade Ayokunle alleged that Customs Officials, on Friday, 30th April, 2020, shot and killed a young boy, Ridwan Bello, an SS2 student of Area Community High School. Owode-Yewa who died as from stray bullet while Customs Officers were carrying out a raid in a house at Owode-Yewa around 8:00am.
“Just on Friday 30th April 2020, the Nigeria Customs cut short the life of a young boy (Ridwan Bello), an SSS2 student of Area community High School, Owode-yewa who died after being hit by a stray bullet from a sporadic shooting by a custom officer during a raid in a house in Owode-Yewa around 8:00am”.
Recall that twelve operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service allegedly stormed Owode town in the morning of 30th April and broke into many shops, sending unsuspecting traders scampering for safety even as the operatives carried away bags of rice, sugar among others. An eyewitness told Vanguard that while the raid lasted, the operatives also shot repeatedly into the air, apparently to ward off any counter – attack or violent resistance from the people and that it was one of the stray bullets from the Operatives that struck the boy on the head.
It was gathered that many people, including the traders, were also said to have sustained injuries during an ensuing stampede triggered by the gunshots being fired into the air by the NCS Operatives.
He called on federal government and the general public to come to their aide as vulnerable students within the border area may may meet an untimely death by the ‘reckless and nefarious activities’ of men of Nigerian Customs Service.