Security Forces deployed in Owode Yewa to stop protests, shooting by Customs

The situation is still tense at Owode Yewa in Ogun state, following shooting by operatives of Nigeria Customs Service while attempting to evacuate suspected smuggled rice.

Stray bullets from the shooting hit four persons, who were feared dead.

This has resulted in major protests in the town, since the incident occurred on Monday.

Security forces, including troops and policemen deployed, have been patrolling the town to contain the protests from spreading.

The demonstration continued overnight with protesters setting bonfires on the major road passing through the town, and the burning of the house of a suspected informant of customs on Tuesday.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi told Rockcity FM news that normalcy have been restored to the town.

The operation, is part of the massive raids by customs patrol in the past days. It includes searching of some houses in the town. Smugglers were believed to be using as transit centres for rice and other items smuggled from Benin Republic into Nigeria.

The Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, expressed concern over the frequent raid of markets in Sango Ota by operatives of Nigeria Customs Service, in search of illegally imported rice.

He asked the management of Customs Service to find a lasting solution to the incessant clashes between rice marketers and customs operatives in the axis.

The monarch, who made the call at a meeting with the Ogun State Customs Comptroller, Michael Ojobo at his command office at Idiroko. He urged the Customs Service to be more proactive at the border post, by preventing smuggled rice from being brought into Ota.

The traditional ruler said while he will not support any form of illegality, asked customs management to embark on an advocacy to encourage the rice marketers to patronize locally produced rice.

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