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Business - February 23, 2017

Customs confiscates 1,870 bags of rice

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) On Wednesday raided the popular Sango market and confiscate about seven truckload of rice, and 43 kegs of vegetable oil allegedly smuggled into the country.

The action got the traders angry prompting them to immediately mobilised to barricade the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, leaving motorists trapped in the ensued confrontation between the officers of the Nigerian Police and the traders.

The customs estimated the value of duty payable on the items at N12.44million.

Eyewitnesses said that about four people were injured in the fracas, which lasted for several hours and saw thousands of businesses grinded to a halt.

They said that customs arrived the market in the early hours of yesterday and forcibly broke into shops and warehouses and took away about 15 truckloads of rice, including their personal belongings such as money and other items.

According to eyewitnesses, the customs officers came in five Toyota Hilux fully armed and masked with soldiers to carry out the operation.

Jerry Attah, the spokesperson of the FOU of customs, said the officers did not break into the shops, but only packed less than half of the bags of rice loaded outside in thousands.

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