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Thursday, 19 September 2019

VIDEO: Customs Officers Stole 704 Bags Of “Made In Nigeria” Rice From Me, Nigerian Businessman Accuses

VIDEO: Customs Officers Stole 704 Bags Of “Made In Nigeria” Rice From Me, Nigerian Businessman Accuses

A businessman yet to be recognized who owns a rice business located in Ilorin, Kwara state's capital, has revealed that custom officers reportedly stole 704 bags of rice in his warehouse.

This was included in a video recorded by the businessman and staff retinue during the protest to demand that their supposedly robbed rice bags be released.

In the video made accessible to WITHIN NIGERIA, where the rice farmer and businessman explained how the rice bags were forcibly loaded away by customs officers who barred his warehouse and the steps he had taken to recover his products so far.

The rice farmer who continues to be the head of "Mountolive Made in Nigeria Rice" revealed that "I have supported the cause of Nigerian rice over the past four years. Nigeria Custom men went to my warehouse in the odd hours of the day around 2:00am. They tied my safety guy, broke my door, and for no particular reason carted away 704 bags of rice.

"I have more than 10 pure Nigerian rice trailers. Ask any rice importer in Nigeria, they understand that as Nigeria's largest distributor in Southwest, Mount-Olive Nigeria Limited has supported. I've got 418 employees to pay and they frustrated me; what precisely do they want? Could it be that I don't book with them?


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He said I was paying my taxes and I was paying my taxes. What is my offense precisely? In particular, we have communicated with the police authorities concerned. One of my staff was with the police boss of Surulere and the director of the Kwara state police is also conscious of that. The commissioner can't deny he doesn't have the number of the customs boss, but we don't know why he didn't call him.

"I have a Ilorin warehouse and 23 in other state of the countries. I've already told my wife I want to go to jail and if I'm discovered guilty I'd go to jail and my staff's prepared to go to jail as well.

He also pointed out that "they were bursting my warehouse. They were locking up my staff. I flew to the inspector in Abuja and one of my colleagues who happens to be one of Ilorin's princes was locked up because he appealed for the return of my products.

"When questioned on standby by one of the journalists what his prayers are, he said" my products should be unconditionally released and the government should set up an investigative team to investigate us and what we do if it is illegal.


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