Thursday, 23 February 2017

Sango Traders Accuse Customs of Stealing 18,000 bags of rice from them

Rice Sellers and Youths in Sango-Ota market in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State yesterday, blocked the Ota-end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway for over 12 hours to protest what they called an invasion of their shops.

The traders alleged that men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, broke into over 60 shops and carted away 18,000 bags of rice and jerry cans of vegetable oil at the early hours of the day.

The Customs operatives were said to have invaded the market around 1.00 am with about 15 trucks to cart away the bags of rice and jerry cans of vegetable oil. 

But, in a swift reaction, the NCS dismissed the figures being bandied by the traders. 

Speaking on phone with Vanguard, both the Public Relations Officers, Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area Command Usman Abubakar and Federal Operating Unit, FOU, Ikeja, Lagos, Jerome Attah, denied the allegations of a seizure of 18,000 bags of rice, stating that the operatives only took away 1,870 bags of rice. 

They added that the operatives did not "break into" anyone's shop, but only invaded the warehouses where contraband goods were kept.

Meanwhile, the protest which lasted for hours hindered vehicular movement as the angry traders barricaded the Lagos - Abeokuta way with planks, disposed car tyres.

Efforts by policemen from the Sango-Ota Division of the state police command to disperse the protesters proved abortive.

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