The National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) on Wednesday lamented the alleged reckless killing of a student by the Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and issued a 14 – day ultimatum to it to employ a relative of the slain student into the service to avert the students’ wrath.
NAOSS also asked the NCS to pay N5m compensation to the family of the deceased, warning that should it fails to meet the above demands on or before 14 days with effect from Wednesday, the national Secretariat of NAOSS would relocate to the Idiroko office of the NCS with massive protest.
The National President of NAOSS, Ogunrombi Gbemileke Emmanuel, who made this known to newsmen in a release, added that once commenced, the mass protest and occupying of the Idiroko Office of the NCS would continue until the listed demands are met.
The Operatives of the NCS had on Tuesday while driving recklessly a vehicle suspected to have been retrieved from a smuggler, lost control of the wheel, veered into a crowded area near Ojumbo market, in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun state, knocked down three people and killing one other person in the process.
Ojunrombi who noted that the investigation carried out by NAOSS following facts – finding mission to the scene of the incident, inquiries from eyewitnesses and visit to the hospital to see the victims, revealed that one person died and not three as speculated by people and on the social media.
He also explained that NAOSS was shocked to discover that people and institution that ought to be guided by facts and truth, were also actively involved in peddling an unconfirmed story on the incident claiming three students died when only one died.
He stated: “The killing of a student of Ojumo Community High School, Ihunbo in Ipokia Local Government Area by the men of the Nigeria Customs Service has remained a pain in our heart because no life is more important than the other.
“This sudden death, which claimed the life of this promising young Opeyemi Odusina prompted the leadership of the National Association of Ogun State Students to embark on a fact-finding visit to the place of the horrible incident.
“After a thorough investigation of the incident and in view of our discoveries, we, however, make the following demands:
“That the NCS should meet with the family of the slain secondary schoolboy, employ a member of the family into the NCS and as well as pay a sum of N5 million damage to the family.
“The above demands must be met on or before the next 14 days else, the National Secretariat of NAOSS will be relocated to the Idiroko office of the NCS in a massive protest which will continue until the listed demands are met.”