- Nigeria's borders in Lagos and Ogun states are now porous following the attacks on customs officers manning the checkpoints
- The officers were attacked by hoodlums who took advantage of the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on the country
- Smuggled products are now flooding the markets in the two states as customs officers are yet to return to the checkpoints, two weeks after the attacks
Following the violence which trailed the #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, markets in Lagos and Ogun states are now flooded with smuggled products such as rice and fairly used cars, according to a report by Leadership newspaper.
The newspaper reported that customs officers manning the checkpoints in Lagos and Ogun absconded after some of the hoodlums who hijacked the protests attacked them, killing an officer, Solomon Alagye, and injuring others in the process.
Two weeks after the ugly incident, customs officers have reportedly not returned to their duty posts, therefore leaving the nation's borders porous.
Leadership newspaper reported that the customs operatives stationed at Covenant University, along Sango-Idiroko road, Ota are yet to return weeks after hoodlums attacked them.
Also, checkpoints from Owode inward Idiroko have reduced from what it used to be before the protest, according to the report.
Smugglers are thus taking the advantage of the situation to bring in smuggled poultry, rice and vegetable oil to various markets in the two states.
The newspaper noted that prices of some products have reduced significantly in the markets as a result of the smuggling.
A customs officer who spoke anonymously said the morale of his colleagues is currently low due to the attack on their checkpoints.
This has reportedly led to a significant reduction in the quantity of seizure recorded, as only a few officers turned up at the checkpoints.
The #EndSARS protest embarked on by Nigerian youths campaigning against police brutality was later hijacked by hoodlums who looted warehouses and vandalised government and private properties across the country.
In another related report, the commandant of Nigeria Customs Training and Doctrine Command, Abuja, Adewale Adeniyi, has said his officers engaged the hoodlums who attacked the school in a four-hour dialogue before they struck.
Adeniyi told newsmen on Friday, October 30, that they had noticed some people on motorcycles who had come on surveillance to the command the day before the attack.
He explained that the hoodlums stormed the training command in search of COVID-19 palliatives on Tuesday, October 27, hours after breaking a warehouse in Gwagwalada to loot palliatives.
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