A 15-year-old girl, named Sekinat Agbelade, was over the weekend allegedly shot dead by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Agosasa, Ipokia Local area of Ogun State.
Newsmen having reliable information gathered that the Customs officers, while on the chase of some suspected smugglers, fired gunshots, hitting the minor, who was returning from errands.
An eye witness told our reporters that Sekinat was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she eventually died.
Miss Sekinat, an SSS 3 student of Agosasa Community High School, was preparing for her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) before her untimely demise.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Kazeem said the Customs officers were chasing a Toyota Camry which was allegedly driven by a suspected rice smuggler.
He added that the officers were able to arrest the smuggler and afterward started shooting indiscriminately to everyone at sight.
Aside the young girl who was shot dead by the stray bullet, two other persons sustained injuries, named Saliu Babalola and Oluwole Oladosu.
The eyewitness claimed that the Customs officers, who had already moved the smuggled car, turned back and shot one of the men for daring to save the young girl, who lost a lot of blood because of the bullet wound and died.
The witness also stated that it was a black Saturday for the community, the youths of the local government as they are observing the stay at home order as law-abiding citizens of the country only to hear of the unfortunate incident.
He said he totally frowned at the way and manner the men attached to the Nigeria Customs Service domiciled in their local government go about their activities with alleged smugglers.
He also stated that this incident has happened in recent times, claiming the life of a man, Mr Odushina at Ihunbo.
He pleaded on the comptroller, Mr. Agbara O.M to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they face justice or await a rugged demonstration on the part of the youths in the community.