Customs Suspends Sale of Seized Food Items, Gives Reason

Customs Suspends Sale of Seized Food Items, Gives Reason

  • The sale of seized food items by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has been suspended over stampede
  • The NCS spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday evening, February 26, via its X handle
  • Maiwada said the Customs regretted the stampede that resulted in some fatalities and injuries during the exercise in Lagos journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering metro and government policy

FCT, Abuja - The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has suspended the sale of seized food items following the stampede that led to the loss of seven lives in Lagos, among the dead is Funmilayo Comfort Adebanjo, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Customs' spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada, disclosed this in a statement via the NCS X handle (formerly known as Twitter) @CustomsNG, on Monday, February 26.

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Customs suspends sale of seized food items
Customs suspends sale of seized food items over stampede Photo credit: @The_Mayana
Source: Twitter

Maiwada said the decision was due to a stampede that claimed lives at NCS Old Zonal Headquarters in the Yaba area of Lagos state on Friday, February 23.

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He explained that the distribution exercise got off on a smooth start with the cooperation of the large crowd that turned up.

He added that the Customs officers gave preferences to the elderly, people living with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable Nigerians.

Maiwada further stated that the tragic incident happened when NCS ran out of stock and told the crowd to come back the following day.

"However, unforeseen challenges arose when we ran out of stock and announced the continuation of the exercise the following day, leading to a regrettable outcome. The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers. In the stampede that ensued, some fatalities and injuries were regrettably recorded."

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Customs distributes seized food items earlier reported that Customs unveiled plans to distribute food items forfeited to the federal government to cushion the economic hardship Nigerians are going through.

Maiwada said the food items would be certified fit for consumption by relevant agencies and distributed to ordinary Nigerians nationwide. He said the mode of distribution would be communicated through NCS formations nationwide.


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