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Customs raid sango rice Market

…carts away N378m worth of goods

By  Oluyinka Onigbinde,  Bukola  Adesina & Kayode Tokede

Officers  of the Nigerian  Customs Service(NCS), Federal Operating Unit (FOU), Zone A Ikeja in the early hours of Wednesday raided popular Sango rice Market.

Our correspondents gathered that trucks of rice worth N378 million were carted away by NCS during the over night raid.

The incident has generated confusion in sango area of Ado-Odo Ota local government in Ogun state as banks that include Skye bank, first bank of Nigeria limited and Zenith Bank shut their banking hall.

The invasion of Sango rice Market this morning  has been hijacked by hoodlums, Nigerian NewsDirect can report.

Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect, the public relation officer NCS, FOU zone A, Mr.  Jerry attah said customs received a tip  that  contrabands rice were smuggled into a ware house  in Sango-Ota.

He said customs had  to raid the warehouse, carting away six trucks as against 15 trucks that was alleged by the market women.

The market leader, Alhaja W Salako said to Nigerian NewsDirect that  ” we received  a call around 12 am that some Customs Officers were ransacking our shops.

“So, we began to call one another and got here around 1am. When we got here, the Officers were shooting sporadically and we could not get to our shops.

They came in with masks and took 15 trucks  of rice that worth over  N387 million,” she lamented.

She explained that four market women  were  hospitalized  because of the lost.

When the chairman Ado Odo Ota local government prince Oladele Adeniji was contacted, he said, ” all will be settled soon as they are in talk  with the  custom command.

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