The House of Representatives has asked the Nigeria Customs Service to compensate victims of extrajudicial killings and injuries caused by its officers across the country with a total of N390,000,000.
This is based on the recommendations in the reports by the House Committee on Customs and Excise after investigating two incidents in Oyo State and one incident in Katsina State.
Chairman of the Committee on Customs and Excise, Leke Abejide, had last week laid the reports, which the House considered and adopted in plenary on Tuesday.
The committee had investigated “the unrest in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State due to the killing of indigenes by men of the Nigeria Customs Service.”
The House upheld the committee’s recommendation that “life has no duplicate and cannot be replaced once lost, as such, the families of the deceased should be compensated in monetary terms, each soul lost at the Iseyin incidence be compensated by the Nigeria Customs Service with the sum of N20, 000,000 each. The number of souls lost being four; the value of total compensation for the four deceased is N80, 000,000 only.”
The recommendation further read, “For the person who sustained a gunshot injury in the Iseyin incident, the sum of N2,000,000 only be paid as compensation for the treatment of the injuries sustained.
“The grand total for compensation for both the deceased and the injured is the sum of N82,000,000 only.
“The officers involved in the acts of killings of innocent Nigerians should be brought to book, prosecuted, and punished accordingly to serve as a deterrent to others.”
The committee, on the “murder of innocent people” in Jibia, Katsina State, by men of the NCS on August 9, 2021, recommended that “each soul lost at Jibia LGA incident should be compensated with the sum of N20,000,000 each by the Nigeria Customs Service. The number of souls lost being 10 people; the value of total compensation for the deceased is N200,000,000 only.”
The committee further recommended, “The 13 persons who sustained a gunshot injury in the Jibia incident should be paid the sum of N2,000,000 each as compensation by the Nigeria Customs Service for the treatment of the injuries sustained.
“The value of total compensation is N26,000,000 only. The grand total payable by the Nigeria Customs Service as compensation for both the deceased and the injured should be the sum of N226,000,000 only.”