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Confusion at Lagos Airport, as Customs battles clearing agents

Confusion at Lagos Airport, as Customs battles clearing agents

There was shoot out and pandemonium at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCo) at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, as the officials of the Nigeria Customs Service at the airport battled the clearing agents over alleged manhandling of the Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Mr. Taju Olanrewaju.

At 2.45 pm when Daily Independent visited the scene of the fracas at NAHCo, several gun shots were heard with agents, intending passengers and all those going to the international terminal running for their lives.

At the entrance to the cargo section at NAHCo, Amoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was seen strategically positioned to ward off any threat by the agents under the umbrella of the Association  of Nigeria Licence Customs Agents (ANLCA).

Our correspondent gathered that trouble started when the CAC attempted to enter the NAHCo warehouse to inspect the warehouse to implement some reforms that would make the clearing of goods seamless but that he was prevented from gaining entry.

It was further learnt that despite introducing himself as the CAC, one of the agents was said to have pushed him, a situation that infuriated other Customs agents, who could not stand and watch their boss being assaulted by agents.

Attempts by other Customs officials to prevent the CAC from being assaulted, it was gathered led to the fracas between Customs and the clearing agents.

Sporadic gun shots could be heard as agents and other persons using the cargo area ran for cover.

Agents were driven out of their offices allegedly by Customs officials, who allegedly reinforced from the Federal Operations Unit, while some were trapped in their offices, as they could not flee from the scene of the incident.

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