Hardship: Nigerian Customs Service Suspends Distribution Of Seized Food Items In Lagos Over Stampede


The  Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed the suspension of the distribution of confiscated food products in Lagos State.

CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, NCS spokesperson said this in a press statement he issued on Monday, explaining that this decision was taken by the customs authorities to access the cause of stampede which claimed live at NCS Old Zonal Headquarters in the Yaba area of the state on Friday.

He said, “The disposal of the food items got off to a smooth start at about 0800hrs.

“We enjoyed the cooperation of the large crowd that obliged us, giving preferences to the elderly, people living with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable Nigerians who showed up for the exercise. This was the case up until about 1700hrs, as attested to by the over 5000 beneficiaries and members of the press.

“However, unforeseen challenges arose when we ran out of stock and announced the continuation of the exercise the following day, leading to a regrettable outcome.

“The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers. In the stampede that ensued, some fatalities and injuries were regrettably recorded.

“Considering the recent unfortunate event, we regrettably announce the suspension of this exercise until we establish what transpired on Friday, 23 February 2024.

“This should help us to properly articulate more robust and comprehensive action that will not defeat the noble intention,” the Service announced.

Ugamatv broke the news about the distribution of the seized food items after speaking to CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, NCS spokesperson last Friday.

Maiwada said the agency started the pilot exercise in Yaba and other areas in Lagos State on Thursday to understand the modalities to adopt to make the distribution efficient nationwide.