The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, through its executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran has tongue-lashed officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, for carrying out their operations in what he called an “armed robbery-like” manner.

He described the actions of the officials from the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) who went to Sango area of Ogun State, broke into shops at midnight to seize bags of rice as “barbaric and totally condemnable.”

The CACOL Chairman said “the modus operandi displayed in the Sango raid by the FOU and the circumstances is replica of the last seizure of pump action rifles at Mile 2 Expressway, Lagos where illegal items are discovered at several kilometers from their entry points.

“Now, assuming without conceding that items seized from Sango, (a town that’s about 50 kilometers from the Nigerian borders manned by the NCS with several check posts on the highways at different intervals) are banned items, the questions to ask will be – how did the items pass through the nets of NCS check posts before getting to Sango? How can a potential buyer, identify whether food items such rice and vegetable oil is smuggled or not?

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