Customs blocking farmers from transporting tomatoes to market –Onimeko

The Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Oyeditan Olanite, has cried out over the alleged blockage of tomato farmers in the Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State from transporting their crops to the market.

The monarch said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Friday.

He said officials of the Nigerian Customs Service had stormed the town and prevented those transporting tomatoes and other crops to the market under the guise of manning the border.

Oba Olanite said farmers in the local government area had suffered uncountable losses with the action, saying transporters and others had lost their means of livelihood, at least temporarily.

Onimeko said, “They (Customs) closed the border and they did not allow our farmers to transport tomatoes grown in Imeko out of the town. They said our locally grown tomatoes are contraband and this is shocking.

This blockage almost led to a fight between farmers, drivers and Customs officials on Thursday night. They released the ones in Imeko after there was a violent protest and some persons made bonfires.

But they did not allow those coming from Ilara and other towns and villages to bring their tomatoes to the market.”

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