Paul Ayomaya, a 25-year-old and inhabitant of Ajilete, in the Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, had settled December for the migration of his family to his recently finished working in the group.
Two months previously the date, he was felled by stray shots discharged by a few authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service at a checkpoint in the group.
As per reports, the authorities positioned their van at the checkpoint to anticipate smugglers, who were stowing away in a bush, from picking up section into the town.
The smugglers purportedly pulled stones and different items at the authorities to pursue them far from the range.
The leaders of the customs group was said to have been hit by a stone, inciting the authorities to react with gunfire.
A record of the episode demonstrated that Ayomaya was on a bike, coming back from a filling station in the range, when the shots hit him in the head.
After the episode, Customs agents left their checkpoint from Ajilete to Oke Odan, because of a paranoid fear of assaults by incensed inhabitants.
In another form, the father of two kids was said to have gone to clean a congregation in the group and was returning home around 9am when he was shot.
However, an inhabitant, who distinguished himself basically as Akanbi, disclosed to Punch journalists that Ayomaya had hurried to the scene on hearing that the smugglers were tossing stones at the authorities.
He said, “Some smugglers went to pick a car at Olu Odo. They saw the customs officials at the checkpoint and started throwing stones at them. A stone hit their boss. Paul (Ayomaya) heard about the incident and decided to go to watch.
“The customs started shooting and stray bullets hit him in the head. He died on the spot. He had told his wife that they would move to his new house in December, not knowing that he was going to die. He was a kind person.”
Efforts to speak with the wife was unsuccessful as she was said to be too distraught to speak on the incident.
Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer, NCS, Ogun Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the command had got intelligence report that some suspected smugglers had smuggled three tokunbo vehicles into the village from neighbouring Republic of Benin through the Idiroko border.
He said the operatives stormed the village in search of the smugglers and impounded one of the alleged smuggled vehicles, a Toyota Tundra pickup van.
In his statement, “It was when our operatives wanted to move the impounded vehicle to our Idiroko office that some hoodlums barricaded the roads with various objects.
“Since our operatives did not want to shoot anyone, they started shooting continuously into air to scare away the hoodlums and to secure their own lives.
“Eventually, our operatives succeeded in taking the impounded vehicle away.
“We later got the information that someone was hit by a stray bullet and he died instantly in the village.
“The person was not even among the hoodlums who blocked the road. It is a very sad development.”
When asked who fired the bullet that killed the victim, Maiwada said he could not say from where the bullet came from.
““In our command we value human lives and we will not deliberately do anything to take a human life,” he added.
Meanwhile, some friends of the deceased, residents and social media users had lamented that the killing of innocent persons by customs officials was becoming rampant.
Lamenting the death on her Facebook page, a resident, Racheal Abiala, wrote, “Hmmm, God, save us in Ajilete and vindicate us. It is getting worse. Customs men are killing innocent souls. My brother, the Lord will grant you eternal rest and comfort your wife, children and the parents you left behind.”
A sympathiser and friend of the deceased, Nobiu Dotun, described his death as shocking, raining invective on the perpetrators.
“Ha! Brother; it was so painful when I heard of your death. I remember the last time you told me to look for a buyer for your ‘bike.’ Whosoever that did this to you will also die like this,” he said.
A poster, Adoyi Sylvester Francis, blamed the death on the lack of adequate training of the officials in the use of firearms.
He wrote, “Very unfortunate. Some of these things happen because of overzealousness on the part of ill-prepared or ill-trained personnel. Giving them guns is surely different from knowing how to handle them. Thus sad cases like this occur now and then. Something ought to be done to avoid such ugly occurrence.”