A protester, Jacob Bamgbola, has been reportedly shot dead by an officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, identified simply as Lamba, in the Idigbo community, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Punch reports that the deceased was conveying his niece on a motorcycle to a destination in the community when some immigration officers manning a checkpoint on the expressway stopped him along the Ijowun end of the Idiroko Expressway and demanded N200. 

Eyewitnesses say an argument ensued as Bamgbola refused to give the officers money insisting he committed no crime. While some of the officers were busy interrogating other motorists, Benjamin took advantage of the fact that much attention was not on him and zoomed off.

After dropping his niece with his sister, the deceased proceeded to meet some youths in his community to express his anger over his encounter with the officers. The angry youths some of who have encomarched to the house of one of the community chiefs, Moses Faleye, to stage a protest. 

A source told the publication that it was while at Faleye’s house that the Immigration officers stormed the place and in their bid to disperse the youths, allegedly fired a shot that killed Bamgbola.

“Bamgbola went to carry his sister’s daughter and on his way back, he met immigration officers on the road. Those officers are always there at the checkpoint. They stopped him and wanted to collect N200 from him but he refused. He told them that he is a son of Otun village and why should he pay them anything.

After he left, he complained to some youths and the youths mobilised themselves to the Baale’s house to register their grievances over the activities of the officers. But within some minutes, the immigration officers came in a van and while the Baale was trying to calm the situation, they started shooting and in the process, one of them known as Lamba shot Bamgbola. The youths were rushing Bamgbola to the hospital when he died.”he said

The head of the vigilance group in the town, Adesina Alabi, while complaining about the development, said security personnel were fond of extorting money from road users along the road.

“Just come to this side of the road and see how police, Customs officers, immigration officers, and others would just mount roadblocks and extort money from motorists. It is becoming too much,” he said.

Chief Falaye whose house the tragic incident happened, said the events that claimed Bamgbola’s life was unfortunate, adding that the matter should have been settled amicably.

“It happened in front of my house. Youths in the town came to register their displeasure over the activities of the immigration officers in our community. While I was trying to placate them, some immigration officers came and when they saw the youths, they started to shoot in the air. In the process, one person was hit by the bullet and he died. After the incident, the case was reported at the Igbokofi Police Station and the policemen came with cameras and they took statements from us.”

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the NIS in the state, Olajide Oshifeso, said;

“The matter is already being investigated and when it is completed, details of the matter would be made public.”



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