Seized Tomatoes And Peppers Referred To As Contraband Has Been Sold By Customs

It has been reported that the Nigerian Customs Authority has seized 6 trucks of tomatoes and pepper from traders in Ogun state and they sold the seized products for N200 per basket which is normally valued at N2,000 per basket. In a recent protest by the farmers under the aegis of Yewa/Awori Farm Produce Traders and Farmers Association at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in Abeokuta, the farmers had complained bitterly that these produce were locally planted and are not contrabands, and on the other hand they collected loans from the bank to plant those produce, so they see no reason why the NCA would seize them.

When the recent happening had been communicated to the National PRO of the NCS, John Attah he had this to say; the produce were seized from the border as contraband during a Joint Border Security Exercise and not as a locally planted products which the farmers have claimed it was.

But on the other hand the PRO of the NCS has told them that the traders have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the produce were smuggled into the country.

 

Who do we believe now?

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  • Really I wonder who has the true story, but above that I still wonder why the so called contraband commodities will be sold when they haven't concluded on its source, what's the use now even if the trader had the true story 

    - Lucas Lucas - 2019-08-27 13:04:30 Quote

  • Where is this country going too.. Why sell a bad product to the public ?.. Dont we have customer protection board again or nafdac..this is really bad and the government needs to look into it 

    - Oludoyi isaac - 2019-08-27 13:05:10 Quote

  • Actually I don't want to be biased on this news

    But they shouldn't have sell the product if truly it was moved in as a contraband

    They should destroy it then rather than selling it

    If I any ask 

    The money goes to who?

    The custom or the farmer?

    - Olawuni Adijat - 2019-08-27 13:07:01 Quote

  • If the customs agency are asking for evidence then the farmers should provide it or else risk loosing their products because they are perishable goods.

    - Uchenna Churchill - 2019-08-27 13:07:37 Quote

  • For me I believe the Nigeria Custom with regards to low price of the products, sized they would not be sold for that price if they were locally produced, but were smuggled. 

    - Akp Otobrise - 2019-08-27 13:07:52 Quote

  • This is not proper, how can they sezie 6 trucks of tomatoes and pepper without reasons ? We should trust the farmers. By the way the borrowed loans from the bank for this stuff. The worst part is that, after seizing it the sold  per each basket 200n for what? Is illegal..

    - Stanley Barnabas - 2019-08-27 13:08:04 Quote

  • I think all these things will not help last year , the National Agency for Food and Drug registration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have redoubled their efforts to curb the influx of tomato paste into the country.

    NAFDAC had already given hint that it might ban the importation of tomato paste from China following a startling revelation from a research carried out by one of its subsidiary unit - Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN).

    - Kingsley Ochimba - 2019-08-27 13:09:21 Quote

  • This kind of situation is bringing the country to a low standard. How will those who are expected to keep the contraband crops sell it?  It's clear cheat to favor themselves because of their positions

    - Auta Samuel Iyona - 2019-08-27 13:10:14 Quote

  • NCS who seized the products would have kept them till the farmers proves themselves. Selling it, I strongly believes that NCS did it intentionally for their financial gain leaving the poor farmers hopeless.

    - Bassey Efanga - 2019-08-27 13:12:59 Quote

  • Well it's contraband as they said now but I think they should inform them before taking action because most traders don't even know may be they have banned it 

    - Olaleye Hammed - 2019-08-27 13:14:10 Quote

  • The Nigerian Customs have been doing their job well off late, but they should try as much as possible to avoid diversion of products that is being siezed for their own personal consumption

    - Jerry Rinas - 2019-08-27 13:17:03 Quote

  • What is our country turning into? I believe goods said to be contrabands are meant to be destroyed, why would the cotum officials sold them out since it was contrabands goods

    Corruption is now everywhere 

    - Adaranijo Muhammad Toha - 2019-08-27 13:17:30 Quote

  • Pardon my statement, but Nigerian customs are thieves in uniform. 

    I've read many cases like this about them. For crying out loud, how on earth do they want Nigerians to survive. This is why corruption has multiplied in this country. People find it very difficult to have at least a square of meal a day, talkless of clothing and other things that needs to be done with money.

    I'm seriously not finding any of this funny. Action should and must be taken 

    - David Chukwu - 2019-08-27 13:18:42 Quote

  • With the economic hardship and the need for survival currently in the country , seizure of farmers produce is really uncalled for. Its their means of livelyhood

    - Joseph Egeolu - 2019-08-27 13:20:33 Quote

  • We all know that we are in Nigeria the only country that her spellings starts with NIGERIA and we all know people have been passing through. It is only God that will help us and also protect us.

    - Iniobong Akpan - 2019-08-27 13:20:39 Quote

  • We don't know whose saying the truth but I would believe the traders because it's not easy farming. First off imagine the prices that the officers are selling it, that's less than half of the actual price and it's going to affect the farmers.

    And secondly I thought it is contraband?, so why then are they officers selling it. That's not fair.

    - Joseph Bassey - 2019-08-27 13:21:03 Quote

  • Seriously I don't know who to believe here, but if the farmers said the farm produce were planted by them then what took it to the border that led to its seizure?.

    - Yakubu Shelong - 2019-08-27 13:24:04 Quote

  • One thing is for sure, as long as it is not poisonous. Why would they seize it after all it is for the betterment and also for the welfare of the people. The president must look into this matter whether it is locally planted or not. The customs are doing their jobs quite alright but at the same time let them reconsider. Thank you

    - Babatunde Yusuf - 2019-08-27 13:24:32 Quote

  • An investigation shouldbe carried out, because  if it's indeed true that the tomatoes were cultivated in Nigeria, then it will be very bad for them to be sold as contraband goods.

    - Holly Okoro - 2019-08-27 13:38:37 Quote

  • I don't this is right, why should custom  sell seized items? The custom will try to protect themselves that the tomatoes and peppers they seized are not from the local farmers. This is Nigeria. May God help us

    - Ibitoye Michael - 2019-08-27 13:38:45 Quote

  • I don't really know whom to believe. But if what the farmers said is true, then the act of ceasing it is wrong. Secondly, why will they sell it and to whom did they sell them to? If It was sold in the country to be consumed here, I see no reason it should be ceased in the first place.

    - Esther David - 2019-08-27 13:40:39 Quote

  • Investigation should be carried out immediately and properly to know the result. If the farmers are right,then they need to be paid back their money with interest too bit of the agencies are right, then the farmers should be arrested.

    - Chukwuebuka Eze - 2019-08-27 13:43:35 Quote

  • In situations like this, evidence of the case will be the mostly needed thing here. When there is disagreement between both parties, then the evidence will speak. The NCS should provide the evidence while the Farmers should do likewise

    - Olalekan Farinmade - 2019-08-27 13:45:12 Quote

  • This country is too bad. Those who are supposed to be protecting the masses are the ones harassing the masses. In this situation the farmers are more likely to be believed. This is due to the high level of corruption in the custom system. But at the same time the custom may be saying the truth, but due to their usual escapades, no one will believe them.

    - Israel Chibuike - 2019-08-27 13:56:56 Quote

  • How could our locally made goods become a contraband and be sold by custom officials but to we Nigerian this is what they will call it for us that it was imported

    - Omoyele Peter - 2019-08-27 13:57:48 Quote

  • They should be carried out the investegation immediately and properly to know the result. If the farmers are right, they need to be paid back their money with interest too bit of the agencies are right, then the farmers should be arrested for that.

    - Itodo Gabriel Ejeh - 2019-08-27 13:59:43 Quote

  • The poor or masses will continue to suffer in this country so long our judiciary system is weak. It is so sad that the law made to protect us, the security agencies setup to protect us, have turn into cancer worms eating us down to oppression. Imagine poor farmers being oppressed and we are talking of encouraging farming, ​​​​​with all this going on, who will be interested in such sector. 

    - Hammed omiyemi - 2019-08-27 14:08:32 Quote

  • Things such as this have been happening for a very long time, even showing on tv that it has been burnt while in the actual sense, it was sold....... the state of corruption in the country has gone so far that the people's lives don't matter any more to the Greedy ones.

    They took away the happiness and livelihood of the farmers just for the satisfaction of greed.

    God help my country 

    - Rejoice Ahaiwe - 2019-08-27 14:15:23 Quote

  • I am not soo surprised about events that occur in Nigeria, Corruption is just everywhere in Nigeria. Imagine Customs trying to gain money illegally. Only God can save us

    - Sijuade Tokede - 2019-08-27 14:16:25 Quote

  • I don't know who to believe but it was extremely wrong for those customs to sell those goods...what if those farmers provides proof that they were locally planted? ...they should have waited for the investigation to be over

    - Olatunji Samuel - 2019-08-27 14:24:23 Quote

  • This is the peak of injustice. If they seized those goods saying it is contraband then why are they selling it again in the market. This shows our consciences are dead. The common man is deprieved of his hard earned produce that it is contraband and same products are sold. It is a pity 

    - Benedict Oge - 2019-08-27 15:05:25 Quote

  • In my country, anything goes. 

    I strongly believe that the product has been sold by those custom. 

    Now didn't the PRO talk about the selling?  Surely he can't say a word knowing too well that the product or good had been sold already. I believe the reason for selling it is because it's a perishable good. 

    - NATHANIEL JOSEPH - 2019-08-27 15:05:37 Quote

  • this news is that confused as the product we received some other people said they got it from their son so which one are we to believe and why will custom sold the goods without a proper investigation on  the  real owners of the goods Nigeria is a funny country. 

    - Chinyere Joy - 2019-08-27 15:09:03 Quote

  • Really I wonder who has the true story, but above that I still wonder why the so called contraband commodities will be sold when they haven't concluded on its source, what's the use now even if the trader had the true story 

    - Patrick Ofere - 2019-08-27 15:16:07 Quote

  • This is Nigeria where the law is only applied to the poor.. ... .they collected this things from poor people who are just trying to make ends meet... . I hope federal government will look into this matter and take it seriously 

    - Olaleye Victor - 2019-08-27 15:16:19 Quote

  • They weren't even sure of where the products came from and they sold it ...This isn't fair at all , Welcome to Nigeria where we make rules and break it ...

    - Eka Ntuen - 2019-08-27 15:22:21 Quote

  • I dont think the product were contraband because for the farmer to protest in such a manner I think it was planted locally, but even if it was contraband they have not finished their research on it they are not suppose to sell it yet and selling it at that low price will spoil the market of other farmers that planted their own

    - Ojo Boluwatife - 2019-08-27 15:38:25 Quote

  • Perishable goods like tomatoes are internally farmed in large quantities in Nigeria. I don't thing the goods were contrabands. The NSC should provide sufficient proof that they are contrabands

    - Ibrahim Deji - 2019-08-27 15:52:55 Quote

  • But on the other hand the PRO of the NCS has told them that the traders have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the produce were smuggled into the country.

    - EGEDEGBE Divine Oghenejakpor - 2019-08-27 16:05:01 Quote

  • It is very wrong for the Customs to sell products they caught as contraband. They should at least wait to hear from the PRO before indulging on selling any products even if it's the perishable items

    - Ekpedeme Akpan - 2019-08-27 16:49:20 Quote

  • They have no right whatsoever to sell the goods even if it's smuggled goods, they are supposed to give the farmers opportunity to proof that it is locally produced before doing anything to it. 

    - Adeseolu Kazeem - 2019-08-27 17:29:09 Quote

  • How will they call something countraband and still go ahead and sell it to the public,

    This people are deceiving the public and it's not good at all.. 

    They should come out and tell us the truth.. 

    - Nwanna Chima Stanley - 2019-08-27 17:32:07 Quote

  • They should be carried out the investegation immediately and properly to know the result. If the farmers are right, they need to be paid back their money with interest too bit of the agencies are right, then the farmers should be arrested for that.

    - Samuel Adedayo - 2019-08-27 18:13:27 Quote

  • I always say change should start from an individual, we keep blaming Buhari is it Buhari that sold the items now. I will advice the government to look into this matter.

    - Emmanuel Afemikhe - 2019-08-27 18:26:31 Quote

  • why selling a contraband goods?Since the goods are contraband they are meant to be destroy ,so the officials selling the goods mean the goods are not contraband in the first place

    - Taiwo Itunuoluwa - 2019-08-27 18:38:31 Quote

  • Where is this country going too.. Why sell a bad product to the public ?.. Dont we have customer protection board again or nafdac..this is really bad and the government needs to look into it 

    - Patrick Ofere - 2019-08-27 19:08:59 Quote

  • I think the custom and Government need to explain what it means when he something is country banned to Nigerian. I can understand how there end up calling such things to us.

    - Oligbi Ogheneovo - 2019-08-27 20:53:49 Quote

  • The haphazard way some government agencies carry out their jobs can be a headache to the citizens. First of all why are our borders porous for contrabands to come In easily? Frim the sound of it those tomatoes are fresh. So Nigerians smuggle in fresh tomatoes too? What's happening!?

    - Rita Amadedon - 2019-08-27 21:09:12 Quote

  • Really I wonder who has the true story, but above that I still wonder why the so called contraband commodities will be sold when they haven't concluded on its source, what's the use now even if the trader had the true story 

    - Starry Collections - 2019-08-28 01:03:13 Quote

  • This isn't the first time customer officials flex their so called power to torment citizens. Let us assume the tomatoes are contrabands, it isn't within their right to sell the seized merchandise. Corruption amongst customer officials isn't a new thing. I believe the traders are telling the truth 

    - Adebayo Olagbaiye - 2019-08-28 09:57:45 Quote

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