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Man reportedly dies as Lagos customs sell siezed rice


A tragic incident occurred, resulting in a man’s reported death during a rice auction by Nigeria Customs Service on Friday. The deceased fell during the event, and despite efforts, he succumbed to injuries sustained from being trampled by the crowd.

The heartbreaking news surfaced on Twitter when Dr. Adunola, known as @yemoka, shared the unfortunate incident, highlighting the chaotic atmosphere at the customs office where people were vying for rice.

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Dr. Adunola described how the man, queued with his wife, fell and was unable to rise quickly, leading to others inadvertently stepping on him.

“A man just died in my hospital, he was stamped on after falling at the custom office trying to get rice. He was on the queue with his wife when he fell down and couldn’t get up on time which resulted to people stamping on him. So sad. Survived by very young children. Naija,“ he wrote

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The NCS had earlier announced the commencement of the sale of seized rice to the public at N10,000 per 25kg bag.

The Comptroller General, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, emphasized that buyers were strictly prohibited from reselling the auctioned food items. Moreover, customs officers were barred from participating in the auction.

Adeniyi outlined the eligibility criteria, mandating individuals to present a Nigerian Identification Number to purchase the rice.

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The custom till the moment of filing this report have not confirmed the incident.