Customs invades Ibadan market, carts away truckloads of foreign rice

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone A invaded Oja Oba Market in Ibadan in the early hours of Saturday and carted away truckloads of foreign bags of rice

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the officers broke into shops and warehouses in the market taking away no fewer than eight truckloads of bags of rice.

NAN reports that invasion is coming barely a month after a similar incident at Bodija Market, where men of the service also carried out a similar operation.

Public Relations Officer of NCS, FOU Zone A, Mr Theophilus Duniya, confirmed Saturday’s operation in a telephone interview with NAN in Ibadan.

Duniya said the act which established the service empowered it break into any shop or warehouse whenever it suspects contraband items are stocked in them.

“Yes, an operation carried out at the market.

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

“Normally after an interception, examinations are conducted where the bags are counted ascertain the number.

” As I speak with you, am yet get those information but I can confirm to you that there an operation and some bags of rice were evacuated.

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