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How APC Woman, Six Others Passed Over Customs Rice

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting 

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed the passing of one of its members, Comfort Funmilayo Adebanjo, and six others over what is now regarded as Customs rice.

Stonix News reports that the Nigeria Customs Service (NIS) has, recently, begun to resell seized bags of rice to members of the public at N10,000 and N20,000 for 25kg and 50kg respectively.

The announcement of the sale was made by the Controller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, at a ceremony performed at the Yaba, Lagos State office of the service.

Since the flag off of the sale, several Nigerians have been thronging the venue in Lagos, with similar exercises ongoing in other parts of the country.

However, a stampede on Friday at one of the sales points led to the death of seven persons including the APC woman.

The Coordinator of FKL Ward E1, Lagos State of the APC, Oluwafemi Fadahunsi, and Secretary, Comrade Adebari Adewale, confirmed that Adebanjo was one of the seven persons who died during the stampede.

In the obituary released on Saturday, they said: “It is with heavy hearts and regret we announce the painful death of one of our members in FKL WARD E1, Mrs Adebanjo Comfort Funmilayo of house number 104, Ibidun street by AKINHANMI street, Ojuelegba.

The rice distribution stemmed from the cry of hunger across Nigeria due to the high cost of foodstuffs beyond the reach of the most Nigerians. 

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