Nigeria Customs Officers Raid a Market Over Contraband File Photo

Nigeria Customs operatives raid market, seize truckloads of foreign rice

*Nigeria Customs Service says the Act establishing the agency empowers men and officers to break into any shop or warehouse upon reasonable suspicion of prohibited items stocked therein, with or without warrant

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Purportedly empowered with the express directive to break into any shop or warehouse suspected to have contraband items are stocked in them, men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone A, have invaded Oja Oba Market in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The NCS operatives carted away truckloads of foreign bags of rice during the raids in the in the early hours of Saturday, May 1, 2021, says agency report.

It was learnt the officers broke into shops and warehouses in the market, confiscating about eight truckloads of bags of imported rice in the process.

The invasion is coming barely a month after a similar incident at Bodija Market, where men of the Nigeria Customs Service also carried out a similar operation.

Mr. Theophilus Duniya, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NCS, FOU Zone A, confirmed Saturday’s operation in a telephone interview in Ibadan, report stated.

The Customs PRO explained that Act which established the NCS empowers it to break into any shop or warehouse whenever it suspects contraband items are stocked in them.

Duniya said: “Yes, an operation was carried out at the market.

“I cannot ascertain the numbers of bags of rice that were evacuated presently.

“Normally, after interception, examination is conducted where the bags are counted to ascertain the number.”

He noted: “As I speak with you, I am yet to get those information; but I can confirm to you that there was an operation and some bags of rice were evacuated.

“The act establishing the service empowers men and officers of the service to break into any shop or warehouse upon reasonable suspicion of prohibited items stocked therein, with or without warrant.”

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