The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) revealed that its officers involved in the incident that occurred along Ijebu Ode road on Sunday are being interrogated.
A video, which went viral on social media on Sunday, showed a supposed passenger of a commercial bus being allegedly shot dead by a customs officer, though, it was denied by NCS, saying it was an accidental discharge.
During an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, explained that the Customs Assistant Comptroller General, Zone A had on Monday visited the Federal Operations Unit in the zone at Ikeja, Lagos to interrogate the officers involved.
He said: “The officers involved are being interrogated, we look at it holistically, including weapon handling skills.
“If the officers are found guilty, they will be punished appropriately, we will allow the investigation to take place first.
“We still stand our ground that it is not a passenger of the bus that was deliberately shot dead but the victim was hit by the accidental discharge.
“An audio is now trending from one of the passengers of the bus that the person that died is not one of them.
“We insist that the person that died was not a passenger but a good Samaritan who used to assist our officers, we described him as a friend of Customs.
“Like we said that in our statement, it is painful and totally unnecessary to lose life in anti-smuggling operations.’’