The family of Jacob Taiwo Odeyemi, an officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has expressed alarm regarding the disappearance of their relative.
According to reports, Odeyemi was last seen at the Idiroko Command by his family in 2020, and his whereabouts remain unknown.
The family of the missing officer has now appealed to the federal government and the NCS to assist in locating their kin.
Mr. Peter Odeyemi, the head of the family and elder brother of the missing officer, spoke to Vistanaij Media and urged the federal government and NCS to ensure the safe return of Taiwo.
He explained that the family’s attempts to get the attention of the Customs Service to determine the whereabouts of the missing officer have been unsuccessful.
Mr. Odeyemi stated, “What we require from the Federal Government of Nigeria is to help us contact the Nigeria Customs in Idi Iroko and the team that Taiwo Odeyemi last worked with on the day of the incident, to inform us about Taiwo’s whereabouts because we have not been officially informed by them.”
He also called for support in taking care of the missing officer’s family, as his salary has been discontinued since two months after the incident. The family requested that the Nigerian Customs cooperate fully with the Nigeria Police by providing them with any necessary information they require.
According to Mr. Odeyemi, an investigation carried out by the concerned family revealed that the team leader and his team present on the day of the incident were aware of the circumstances surrounding Taiwo. However, he expressed surprise that the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Nigeria Customs and the Controller at the time did not provide the Police with the necessary information and evidence to assist in their investigation.
Yetunde Iyabo Odeyemi, the wife of the missing customs officer, also appealed to the relevant authorities to help locate her husband.
In response to the family’s appeal, the Public Relations Officer of Ogun I Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hammed Bukoye Oloyede, stated that some customs officers were attacked by smugglers on the day the missing officer was last seen, and his whereabouts have remained unknown since then. Oloyede referred to a press release he issued in 2020 regarding the incident.
Efforts are ongoing to investigate the case, with the involvement of other security agencies and stakeholders, in order to locate the missing officer and ensure his safe return. The Customs Area Controller (CAC) has pledged to ensure that those responsible for the attack face legal consequences.