A fresh report which surfaced online has stated that operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State shot an 8-month old pregnant woman identified as Olugunna Bukola.
The victim was reported to be a staff of IBEDC Ota and was allegedly shot by the customs officers attached to the Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Ikeja, around 7.45a.m. while on her way to resume at the office.
A resident of the area who witnessed the incident states that the woman was hit by the stray bullet on the left side of her back.
The gunshot from the NCS operatives was reported to have been die to a hot chase of rice smugglers in the area
The pregnant woman according to the source was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital with no further information available on her state.
Further reports indicate that the customs official who shot the pregnant woman was later arrested by policemen attached to Obasanjo Farm police station and later taken to Sango Police Station.
Speaking in reaction to the report, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Ogun State Customs Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed the incident adding that the woman was only brushed by the stray bullet.
He said; “The officers were on a trail of a suspected smuggled vehicle and in the process, they were mobbed by some unpatriotic members of the public. The officers were left with no option than to shoot sporadically into the air, in the process, the woman was brushed by a stray bullet.
“The Customs officers were in police station for safety to avoid mob attack not the insinuation that they were arrested by the police. We spoke with the relative of her husband and the doctor, they both confirmed that the woman is responding to treatment.”
A brother in-law of the victim, Tosin Ologunna, said; “I thank God that she who was shot this morning is now okay and stable. The pregnancy too, the doctors said it was okay. The victim is my younger brother’s wife and I am happy she survived the gunshot.
“But I must tell you that we feel cheated and we want justice to be done in this case. Imagine the Police Area Commander of Sango just instructed that the hospital bill be paid and nothing more. To me, this is cheating and unfair.