Reps order Customs to pay N390 million to families of slain victims

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The House of Representatives has recommended a total compensation of N390 million from the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to families of slain victims in Iseyin (Oyo state; Jibia, Katsina State; and Igangan, Igboora, Tapa, Oyo state

Meanwhile, some Customs officers in a chart with SlyeNews believed that families of thier colleagues who were killed in the course of duty should also be compensated.

A source told SlyeNews that: “And how much should we be expecting for our officers who paid the supreme price for just performing their statutory functions. Are we saying that their loved ones don’t deserve compensation as souls from another planet.”

The House Committee on Customs and Exercise, led by Hon. Leke Abejide had investigated the three separate incidents, and reported its findings and recommendations, which the House adopted on Tuesday.

The committee in its recommendation for compensation on the killings in Iseyin said the four deceased’s families should be paid N20 million each, and two million naira to the one person who sustained injury during the clash.

Also on the incident in Jibia, the committee said the NCS should pay N20 million each to families of the 10 that lost their lives, and two million naira each as compensation to the 13 persons who sustained gunshot injuries.

On the clashes at Igangan, Igboora and Tapa, the panel also asked NCS to pay a compensation of N20 million each to families of the four persons that lost their lives, and two million naira each to those who were injured.

The committee explained that “life cannot be replaced once lost, as such, the families of the deceased be compensated in monetary terms.

It further called for officers of the NCS involved in the separate incidents during which innocent Nigerians lost their lives, should be brought to book, and punished accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.

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