The African Bar has totally condemned the killing of citizen, Godwin by men of Nigeria Customs Service around Sagamu area, in Ogun state , Nigeria on February, 17th 2019.

Chairman of Justice Sector Reform Commission, African Bar Association, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa who made statement on Tuesday on behalf of the Association pointed out that it was Unconstitutional for a custom Officer to take the life of a fellow human being whether the person is an errand boy to them or a passenger.

In the video of the shooting that trended on the social media, the lifeless body of the deceased could be seen on the ground, with blood around the neck areas.

Adegboruwa said: “In its official response, the Customs Service claimed to be preventing anti-smuggling, leading to accidental discharge. It claimed that the victim is an errand boy who served Customs officers when they retire home.

“Whether as an errand boy or a traveler, the victim did not deserve to die by summary execution, as has happened in this case.

“AFBA recalls that Nigeria is a signatory to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, which has been domesticated as part of its municipal laws and recognized by the Supreme Court of Nigeria as an enforceable legislation.

Article 4 of the African Charter provides as follows:

“Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of this right.”

“The shooting of Citizen Godwin by the Customs men amounts to summary execution and it is a cause for worry, especially in a country where the misuse of firearms by security personnel has been on the increase.

“AFBA urges a thorough investigation of this event by the government of Nigeria and the African Union, and if there is an established violation of the African Charter or any other municipal legislation by this misconduct, it should be addressed squarely and the perpetrators brought to justice. In this regard, AFBA will inaugurate an independent Commission of Inquiry into this incidence where the Nigerian government fails to act decisively.

He further stated that the explanation given by the customs over the ugly incident is still not clear going by the video trending on social media.

“The narratives of the Customs on this unfortunate occurrence raised too many ambiguities and posed more questions than answers, given the graphic video recording of the event, the venue of the incident and the sequence of occurrences.

“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 in relation to the use of arms in non-combat situations, in order to minimize casualties to innocent civilians.

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