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Senate asks Customs to return rice ‘seized’ in Ibadan markets

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The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Tuesday directed the Nigeria Customs Service to return the luggage of rice and cash which its officers allegedly seized lately from some outlets within the Oja Oba market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Officers of the NCS had final week invaded the market and carted away eight truckloads of rice and cash discovered within the outlets of the affected merchants.

The NCS carried out the operation, barely a month after they raided the Bodija Worldwide Market, the place additionally they carted away quite a few luggage of rice.

The event pressured the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Kola Balogun, to ahead a petition to the higher chamber on behalf of the beleaguered merchants final week.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, referred the petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to analyze the allegation of invasion and looting in opposition to the NCS.

The Senate Committee at its sitting, on Tuesday, condemned the act and described it as completely unacceptable.

The panel then requested the Comptroller Common of Customs, Hameed Ali, represented by his Assistant Comptroller Common, Garba Mohammed, to make sure that the seized items had been returned to the affected merchants inside two weeks.

It additionally directed that their outlets needs to be unlocked whereas cash taken from the outlets should be equally returned.

Members of the panel had been unanimous of their condemnation of the NCS, insisting that its motion was a breach of the Customs Act and the Government Order signed by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007.

The laws empowers the company to solely impound smuggled items, 40 kilometers radius to the border.

The Chairman of the panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, recalled {that a} comparable string operation carried out by the NCS in Katsina State led to the dismissal of the officer, who led the operations.


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