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?