ADVERTISEMENT

After stampedes claimed 7 lives, Customs suspends sale of seized food items

During last Friday's disbursement exercise, seven people died in stampedes.

Picture of the rice distribution by the Nigerian Customs Service in Lagos on Friday [NAN]

The spokesperson for the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, announced this development in a statement on Monday, February 26, 2024.

As part of the measures to address the high prices of food in the country, the Customs had invited members of the public to its office in Yaba to buy bags of rice at a discounted price of ₦10,000.

Unfortunately, during the disbursement exercise, seven people died in stampedes due to the poor coordination of the exercise.

ADVERTISEMENT

Recounting the circumstances that led to the death of seven people, the NCS said, when it ran out of stock, the crowd became desperate and charged through its barricades in search of bags of rice.

The NCS said, "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."

Due to the unfortunate incident, the Customs announced the suspension of the exercise, saying the suspension should help it "to properly articulate more robust and comprehensive action that will not defeat the noble intention.”

Enhance Your Pulse News Experience!

Get rewards worth up to $20 when selected to participate in our exclusive focus group. Your input will help us to make informed decisions that align with your needs and preferences.

I've got feedback!

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

You had me at 20 years old - Sowore pays tribute to his mum on 73rd birthday

You had me at 20 years old - Sowore pays tribute to his mum on 73rd birthday

Police arrest 20 suspected Yoruba nation agitators for invading Oyo Assembly complex

Police arrest 20 suspected Yoruba nation agitators for invading Oyo Assembly complex

Minister assures northerners that Tinubu has their best interests in mind

Minister assures northerners that Tinubu has their best interests in mind

Gunmen attack Benue APC guber aspirant, abduct wife, maid

Gunmen attack Benue APC guber aspirant, abduct wife, maid

My govt has come to break the chains that have held Rivers behind - Fubara

My govt has come to break the chains that have held Rivers behind - Fubara

23 inmates bag university degrees at Enugu Custodial Centre

23 inmates bag university degrees at Enugu Custodial Centre

Police arrest officer who threatened civilians with AK-47 in viral video

Police arrest officer who threatened civilians with AK-47 in viral video

FG says only banks will issue new national ID card to applicants

FG says only banks will issue new national ID card to applicants

Matawalle blasts northern elders who said electing Tinubu was a mistake

Matawalle blasts northern elders who said electing Tinubu was a mistake

Pulse Sports

Alex Iwobi makes Premier League history which Mikel, Yakubu, Kanu could not achieve

Alex Iwobi makes Premier League history which Mikel, Yakubu, Kanu could not achieve

Like Michael Jordan - Details of Victor Osimhen’s ‘superhuman’ jump against Monza emerges

Like Michael Jordan - Details of Victor Osimhen’s ‘superhuman’ jump against Monza emerges

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT