Scores disrupted activities at the popular Oja-Tuntun Market in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Thursday August,29th,2019 to protest against seizure of seven hundred bags of rice from a warehouse.
The warehouse belongs to a rice merchant Mount Olive Nigeria limited.
The protesters accused men of the Customs Service of carrying out unlawful arrest, detention and seizure of rice believed to be Nigerian produce from a warehouse in Ilorin.
The protest was led by Chairman of Mount Olive Nigeria Ltd and his staff at the Oja-Tuntun office of the company.
While speaking with reporters during the protest the company’s chairman, Ademola Julius said he has in the last four years has been supporting the cause of Nigeria rice to grow the economy but unfortunately men of the Nigerian Customs have been threatening his business.
While calling on the federal government to intervene, he demanded for the unconditional release of his 704 bags of rice.
Another protester, Akeem Ayedun, said the men of the Nigerian Customs did not carry out their investigation to ascertain the rice Mount Olive had in his warehouse.
Spokesperson of the service in Kwara state, S.S Okpo, confirmed that some bags of rice were seized.
She added that the matter was still being investigated.
She promised that the service would soon make public its investigation and the amount of seizures made.