Nigeria: Merchants in Ibadan Shriek Rice Seizure By Customs

Customs officers raided Bodija market round 1.00 a.m., broke into retail outlets, warehouses and carted away baggage of rice in six trailers, the merchants claim.

Merchants on the Bodija market in Ibadan Thursday protested the seizure of baggage of rice “worth millions of naira” by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Provider.

A total bunch of merchants took to the streets of Ibadan to disclose towards what they called invasion of their retail outlets by males of the customs carrier who they alleged broke into retail outlets at nighttime to make a choice the luggage of rice.

The rice merchants; males and females, who were seen carrying placards with numerous inscriptions, called on the customs authority to return the total rice and money carted a long way from their retail outlets.

The protesters, who marched from the market to the deliver secretariat, additionally claimed that gargantuan sums of money left in some retail outlets were missing after the operation of the customs personnel.

One among the affected merchants, Olayemi Oladunni, of Block 1, shop 406, stated that 100 baggage of rice and N2 million money were taken a long way from her shop.

Also, R.O. Mosope and E.A. Iyadunni, whose retail outlets were located at Alao-Akala browsing advanced in the market, stated the motion of the customs operatives modified into as soon as unacceptable.

The duo called on the Nigeria Customs Provider to intervene, by ordering its males to return items and money carted a long way from their retail outlets.

Addressing the protesters in entrance of the deliver secretariat, Agodi Ibadan, Sunday Odukoya, the govt. assistant to Gov. Seyi Makinde on security matters, implored the merchants to wait and see, pronouncing effort modified into as soon as ongoing to talk with the customs’ authority on the topic.

Mr Odukoya appealed to the protesters to desist from taking rules into their fingers.


The disclose ended in net page traffic jam for hours as vehicular and human movements were affected.

In the period in-between, speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the come, the Oyo/Osun Customs Space Expose’s Public Relation Officer, Kayode Wey, stated it modified into as soon as no longer the officers of the say that raided the market.

Mr Wey stated the officers of the Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone A, raided the Bodija market, “but did no longer know what took deliver all the draw in which during the operation”.

He stated the FOU Zone A “has their very hold comptroller that (who) controls its operation”.

NAN gathered that operatives of Nigeria Customs Provider raided Bodija market round 1.00 a.m. on Thursday and broke into retail outlets, warehouses and carted away baggage of rice in six trailers. (NAN)

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