A Lagos State magistrate, Lekan Aka-Bashorun, is currently battling for his life after some men of the Nigeria Customs Service descended on him and beat him black and blue for daring to order that their vehicles be impounded.
Lagos Magistrate beaten up by Customs officers for impounding their vehicles
A Lagos magistrate who ordered that vehicles belonging to some Custom officers was beaten blue black.
Punch reports that the officers attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Ikeja, attacked Aka-Bashorun, along with two policemen and two paramilitary officials attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, who were also beaten up.
Aside the beating, some court exhibits and recording gadgets were also allegedly damaged by the customs officials, who claimed that their vehicles could not be impounded by the Lagos State Mobile Court.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Friday, June 10, around 1pm, when the task force officials with the mobile court, went to Allen Avenue, Ikeja, to impound vehicles caught violating traffic laws.
But when the officials arrived at the FOU headquarters, Ikeja, where some private cars were reportedly parked along the walkways, and as the mobile court officials made attempts to impound the vehicles, some customs officials allegedly barricaded the highway with stones and tyres.
The customs officers who were said to have forcefully removed the number plates from the impounded vehicles, allegedly beat up Aka-Bashorun for ordering that the vehicles be impounded.
A witness who saw the incident, narrated how it started:
“It was around a car wash area. To show that it was wrong to park vehicles by the walkway, there was also a ‘No parking’ sign, put there by the customs authorities. But some vehicles were parked there. The state mobile court impounded the vehicles.
But the customs men trooped out and blocked the highway with stones and tyres. They beat up the court officials. One of them slapped the magistrate.
They removed the number plates of the impounded vehicles. They also took two mobile phones. A camera, which was being used to record the scene, was taken away.”
It was learnt that two customs officers, Goyit Bulus and Sunday Olugbogi, were arrested by the police, while officials of the mobile court were quickly taken away to safety.
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