PANIC in Lagos as soldiers, custom officers clash

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– Some soldiers and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday, November 3, clashed in Oshodi area of Lagos state 

– The incident occurred at the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Bolade when some customs officers tried to cease six containers in the area.

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Some Nigerian soldiers

There was pandemonium at the Oshodi area of Lagos state on Thursday, November 3, when soldiers clashed some Nigerian military soldiers.

The incident which occurred at the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Bolade when some customs officers tried to cease six containers in the area.

Witnesses told Punch that the officers from the Nigeria Customs Service had traced six missing containers to the shopping arena and were on the verge of impounding them when the incident happened.

The containers were said to be suspected contraband.

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However, the soldiers who had an idea about the intention of the custom officials moved prevented the impounding of the containers.

The soldiers insisted that the customs officers had no right to impound anything in the military market.

The customs officers were said to have engaged the soldiers in a free-for-all at about 9am, during which there was panic in the market as business activities were interrupted.

Meanwhile, confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Customs Service federal operations unit in Ikeja, Jerry Attah said the NCS seized six containers from the market.

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“The military men assisted in the arrest, and there was no clash. We have a good working relationship with the military.

“Based on information, our men trailed six 40-foot containers to the Arena Market, and we contacted the Commanding Officer of the 9 Brigade. They gave us maximum cooperation and assistance.

“There was no commotion. We are waiting for the owners of the containers to come before we will open the containers for examination.”

Also, the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, Samuel Kingsley, a colonel said due process was not followed in tracing the containers.

“When they got their procedures right, we allowed them to have access to the place. There are procedures. You don’t just enter the barracks without permission.

“We are not a lawless society and we do not allow such things. So, when the customs got their procedures right, they were allowed in,” Kingsley said.

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