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Tension in Lagos as soldiers, custom officers clash

There was tension at the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena, Bolade, in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Thursday as some officers of the Nigeria Customs Service clashed with soldiers in the market.


It was gathered that trouble started when the customs officers traced six missing containers, suspected to have carried contraband, to the market and moved to impound them.

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It was also learnt that soldiers at the market prevented the customs officers from impounding the containers, which were driven into the shopping arena, commonly called Arena Market.

A resident, who identified himself only as Michael, said the soldiers insisted that the customs officers did not have the right to impound anything in the military market.

He said, “The clash happened around 9am. The customs men had wanted to impound some containers; but some soldiers resisted the move, which led to a clash between the two security agencies.

“Nobody died or sustained injury, but there was tension in the market. Business activities were disrupted. It took the intervention of the Commanding Officer, 9 Brigade, to quell the fracas, as he gave an order that his men should allow customs officers to do their job.”

The spokesperson for the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Samuel Kingsley, said the customs men initially did not “follow due procedures,” adding that they were allowed to take the containers away when due process was followed.

The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, Lagos State, Jerry Attah, confirmed that the customs seized six containers from the market, adding that the military men assisted in the arrest, and there was no clash.

6 Comments on Tension in Lagos as soldiers, custom officers clash

  1. This is serious matter ooo


  2. What can we called this now


  3. This one na war


  4. The custom guys should perform their duties at the ports and borders, they should stop disturbing people outside those areas cos that’s where those goods came out from. This is not done in a civilized society


  5. The soldiers need to be well trained to always keep within their own role and allow other government departments to do theirs’
    Besides, the customs should try to be more effective at the borders, instead of allowing their job to overlap into the community
    This lack of efficiency by the customs at the borders, due to corruption, is the reason some criminal policemen will shamelessly go outside of their role to ask motorists for their customs papers on the highways


  6. Customs is empowered by law to enter any premises discovered dat there is contra bound. The goods may have eluded through the ports or borders due to process of facilitating trade. They r performing their civic duties.


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