Slain pupil: NAOSS demands N5 million damage fee, employment from Customs in 14 days

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The National Association of Ogun state Students has demanded that the Nigeria Customs Service to pay five million naira as damage fee to the family of the slain secondary school pupil, Opeyemi Odusina  who was reportedly killed by a smuggled vehicle driven by an officer of the Customs.

The students’ body also want the NCS to employ a member of the family of the slain pupil into the Customs to further relieve the pains of the deceased family.

It would be recalled that a smuggled vehicle which was reportedly driven by an officer of Customs reportedly lost control on Monday and killed a pupil of Ojumo Community High School, Ihunbo in Ipokia Local Government Area and injured three others. 

The students’ body through it National  President, Gbemileke Ogunrombi however gave 14-days ultimatum to the NCS to fulfil the demands else face the wrath of the students.

The statement reads in Part, “After a thorough investigation of the incident and In view of the above discoveries, we however make the demand that the NCS must ensure full payment of the injured persons

“We also demand that the NCS should meet with the family of the slain secondary school boy, employ a member of the family into the NCS and as well 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.”.

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Speaking on the number of death recorded in the accident, NAOSS claimed only one pupil lost his live during the accident as against the widely spread rumour stating three people died.

The students’ body  expressed deep shock over the death of the slain pupil

The national President further said, “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 visits to the place of the horrible incident.

“Our fact -finding delegate led by myself got to the spot of the incident in Ihunbo area, where the ugly incident occurred, spoke with eyewitnesses, market women most especially around the spot where the accident occurred before we then visited the general hospital where we found one injured motorcyclist, but from our discussion with the Doctors, it was revealed that the two other victims have been discharged.

“When we left the hospital we then moved straight to the authority of the Nigeria Customs Service to listen to their own part of the story .

“Earlier, When we got to the area in the early hours of Tuesday Morning, we observed a charged environment with youths blocking the roads.

“Our effort to meet with the traditional ruler was proved abortive as there is an on – going  chieftaincy wrangling which has created two thrones in the same town.

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“But at the end of our  investigations, we discovered the following that Only one 20-year old student died while three others sustained different degrees of injuries as against the rumour been peddled around on the social media claiming that three persons died.

“We were shocked to discover that the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,Mr Kunle Somorin was actively involved in peddling an unconfirmed story on the incident claiming three students died when only one died.

“We would not have attracted much audience to the information from Mr Kunle Somorin, if he had issued such statement in his own capacity and not as the mouth piece of our Governor, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun. Obviously, any information credited to the government shall be assumed REAL across everywhere.

“We also discovered it was an accident that led to the death of the deceased

“We further learnt the youths were provoked by the death of the innocent boy and immediately burnt the vehicle used to knock the deceased down.

“NAOSS also discovered that the Customs paid the hospital bills of the two discharged victims injured and  one other motorcyclist who is currently still under intensive care.

“Finally, we want to appeal to you our Leaders, brothers and sisters in the fourth realm estate, to always do all possible within your reach in getting actual facts, before making news flies. Damage is easily prevented than been managed.”

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