August 16, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

Youths condemn killing of SS3 student by JBPT in Badagry

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) today condemned the shooting of a 19 year-old Kehinde Aladeotan, an SS3 student of Kankon Senior Secondary School by the Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) on June 19.

Mr David Aladeotan, the Coordinator, NYCN, Badagry West Local Council Development Area  (LCDA) made the condemnation during a press briefing jointly organised by National Association Badagry West Students (NABWEST) and NYCN in Badagry.

According to the coordinator, the federal government should set a panel to investigate the killing and bring the officer that pulled the trigger to book.

“This will serve as deterrent to others in future.

This is becoming a yearly event in Badagry communities.

“The shooting of a citizen by the customs men amounts to summary execution and it is a cause for worry.

“Human life should be precious to all security agencies bearing arms and government owes it as a sacred responsibility to properly train and educate all security personnel on the rules of engagement.

“This is in relation to the use of arms in non-combat situations, in order to minimize casuality  of innocent civilians,” he said.

Aladeotan also called on the Lagos state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to checkmate the Custom checking points closer to the School.

He said that creating check points very near to the School environment was dangerous, adding that many students had lost their lives as a result of confrontation between smugglers and officers of TBPT.

Also speaking, Mr Sotin Samson, the President, (NABWEST) called for re-orientation of the officers of JBPT on the use of arms in public places.

Samson condemned the killing and demanded an unreserved apology from the management of the Nigeria Customs Service which created the team.

He recalled that in 2020, 3 students of same school were shot by a Customs officer at Inogi check point in Badagry.

Speaking, Mr Oloyede Aladeotan, the father of the deceased student said the death of his son was a great shock to him, calling on the authorities to ensure the penetrator of the act was brought to book.

On June 19, a SS3 student was shot dead during a clash between security operatives of JBPT and suspected rice smugglers at Irosu Village near Badagry.

Kehinde Aladeotan, 19, was hit by a stray bullet and he died on the spot during the clash.

It was gathered that the JBPT was on routine patrol at Irosu community near Sawa checkpoint around Owode-Apa border post when the incident occurred.