Multitude of rice traders in Ibadan on Thursday have fumed and stagged a protest over the raid the Nigeria Customs Service conducted in Bodija market.
Multitude of traders took to the streets of Ibadan to protest against what they called invasion of their shops by men of the customs service who they alleged broke into shops at midnight to seize the bags of rice.
TOS News gathered that Customs officers invaded Bodija market around 1.00 a.m.
The protesters, who marched from the market to the state secretariat, also claimed that huge amount of money left in some stores were missing after the operation of the customs personnel.
One of the traders, Olayemi Oladunni, of Block 1, shop 406, said that 100 bags of rice and N2 million cash were taken away from her shop. Also, R.O. Mosope and E.A. Iyadunni, whose shops were situated at Alao-Akala shopping complex in the market, said the action of the customs operatives was unacceptable.
Speaking to the protesters at the state secretariat, Agodi Ibadan, the Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on security matters, Sunday Odukoya, appealed to the protesters to exercise patient.
He enjoined them not to take laws into their hands, and added that the government is engaging the Nigeria Customs Service on the matter.