Story By Akinola Emmanuel, April 1, 2021
Commercial activities as well as vehicular movement were on Thursday disrupted at Bodija Market, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital following the alleged burglary of shops by the Nigeria Customs!?
Over 5,000 bags of rice in 15 trucks were said to have been
carted away by the officers.
They were said to have stormed the market, around 3am Thursday morning with labourers that loaded the trailers.
Rice taken away was valued at over N200 million.
“Over 100 bags of rice and a sum of 15 million naira were carted away from my shop.” that’s according to one of the affected traders.
About N4million cash, was also stolen from other shops, while local rice, groundnut oil that were not imported were also taken away.
Speaking with journalists, the Babaloja of Bodija, Chief Ismail Aderemi expressed shock to the incident.
“We should ask why the Customs officers allowed the bags of rice to pass through the borders.
The owners of those shops were not around at 3am when they came.
What they did was a display of incompetence,” said the Babalola.
“This is nothing but stealing. I wonder why they came at the time to break into
over 26 shops and take away rice.
A source from Nigeria Custom Service, Oyo/Osun Area command denied their link to the incident.