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Reps recommend N308m compensation for extrajudicial killings by Customs

The House of Representatives has recommended that the Nigeria Customs Service pay N308m to victims of separate incidents involving locals and its men in Jibia,…

The House of Representatives has recommended that the Nigeria Customs Service pay N308m to victims of separate incidents involving locals and its men in Jibia, Katsina State and communities in Ibarapa and Iseyin in Oyo State.

It also called for sanctions against men of the service involved in the incidents that led to the death of the victims.

This followed the adoption of the recommendation of a report on the incidents presented by the House Committee on Customs and Excise on Tuesday.

The chairman of the committee, Leke Abejide, presented the report on the investigative hearing on the murder of innocent people in Jibia by men of the NCS on August 9, 2021.

The committee recommended that the families of each of the 10 persons that died in Jibia incident be compensated with N20m’ and the 13 injured people be paid N2m each as compensation.

The committee also recommended that the families of deceased victims of Igangan, Igboora, Ayete, Tapa in Ibarapa Area as well as Iseyin in Oyo State be compensated with N20m and N2m for the injured victims.

The families of four people who died in the incidents are to be paid N80m; while the injured person in the Iseyin incident is to receive N2m.

The committee also recommended that the officers involved be brought to book, prosecuted and punished accordingly to serve as a deterrent to others.

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