OGUN: FARMERS PROTEST CUSTOMS SEIZURE OF N4M PEPPER, TOMATOES

A group of Ogun farmers, under the aegis of Yewa/Awori Farm Produce Traders and Farmers Association, have protested the Nigeria Customs Service seizure of their farm produce worth millions of naira.
The aggrieved farmers, during a protest at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Abeokuta, the state capital  lamented the development in placards with various inscriptions.
Chairman of the association, Timothy Eweoba, alleged that operatives of the NCS had on Sunday night, impounded six trucks conveying tomato and pepper at Ijoun, Yewa North Local Government Area of the state. 
Eweoba, who expressed  surprise that Customs could seize their products being grown in the country, further alleged that service had started to auction the seized farm producd at ridiculous prices  to members of the public. 
“We want government to intervene and come to our aid. We are farmers and not smugglers. This is not rice and we took loan from banks to plant all these products,” he said. 
The Ogun State Customs Public Relations Officer, Abdullah Maiwada, who was contacted on the development said he could not speak on the seizure.

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