There is resolution by the Senate to probe the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) over the raiding and carting away of goods in shops at a rice market in Sango-Otta, Ogun State.

The Upper Chamber came to the decision after a brief debate over a motion moved by Senator Gholahan Dada under Order 42 & 52, over the unlawful seizure of rice and invasions of shops by the customs in Ogun State.

Not disagreeing with the law that empowers the Customs to carry out raids, the Senate still decided to investigate in order to establish the action was carried out within the ambits of the law.

The decision to probe the Customs’ actions was reached after Senate Majority Leader Senator Ahmed Lawan argued that it was necessary for the legislature to look into it.

A protest by angry youths and rice sellers in Ogun is reportedly turning violent at the Sango-Ota area of the state with the participants blocking the two ends of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

Recall that a violent protest by rice traders broke out on Wednesday, February 22, over alleged invasion of their markets by officers of the Nigerian Customs.

There were allegations that the customs officers stormed their shops and stalls at the Sango-Ota market around 1 a.m., confiscating their goods even though there was not much smuggling..

Scores of the rice sellers later on Thursday, February 23, protested to Ogun state Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s office at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta to register their displeasure at the actions of the Customs.

 

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