Shop owners in Sango garage took to the street in the early hours of today Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 to protest the injustice done to them by men believed to be men of the Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigerian Army.
The protest caused vehicular and human traffic up until noon as the roads were blocked with tires and woods and protesters waving placards with different inscriptions. Motorists and commuters were stranded up until noon when the protest died down.
One of the protesters who simply wanted to be addressed as Osas told us that the men who he said were in uniforms stormed the garage at around 1am with about eleven (11) trucks and some hilux vans broke some lock-up shops and carted away with bags of rice, vegetable oil and money that were kept in the shops.
Afeez, a trader in one of the shops took our correspondent round to take a look at the locks that were broken and the gloomy market women sitting around not knowing what next to do.
Attempts to reach the State Police Public Relations, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on the matter have proven abortive as he did not respond to calls made to his telephone lines. The road was blocked for about six hours.one of the market woman said that this wasn’t the first time such is happening but this time around the quantity of rice moved was much we were told that the security men gardening the shops exchanged gunshot with the customs offices.
The questions on the lips of many people are; was it right for the customs officers to come at the middle of the night to break look up shops and move rice and vegetable oil that has already gotten to the wholes sales? What where the customs doing at the border when the goods passed them? Are there better or more civilized ways of operations the customs could deploy?