Ogun State Government has concluded plans to set up Customs, students’ relations committee to end incessant killings of students and residents of border communities in the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun stated this, weekend, during a meeting with the Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun state Command I, Michael Agbara and representatives of the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), led by the National President, Comrade Gbemileke Ogunronmbi and representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the Command’s headquarters in Idi-Iroko border.
The meeting which was facilitated by the office of the Special Assistant to Governor Abiodun on Students’ Matters, Comr Adeyemi Azeez was held after an on the spot assessment tour of border areas of Idi-Iroko, Ipokia, Imeko, Ilara and Ijoun, among others by the students.
The Governor who was represented by Comrade Adeyemi expressed worry over the high rate of incessant killings of students and residents in the border communities by operatives of the NCS in the course of arresting smugglers.
It will be recalled that the leadership of NAOSS and NANS had threatened to mobilise students across the country to occupy the State Command’s headquarters of NCS to protest the killings of innocent lives.
According to him, the Committee would comprise representatives of the NCS, Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA), NAOSS, government officials and community leaders.
He said, the members of the committee would be inaugurated as soon as the ban on social gatherings in the state is lifted “so that they can begin to hold their meetings and also come up with suggestions that will lead to ending the lost of innocent lives in the area.”
“Ogun as gateway State has the highest number of international land borders and this is to our own advantage but as we reap the economic gains of this, we must also be concerned about the lives our the citizens and this is why we are putting this committee together, the Governor added.
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