Rice stampede: Customs delegation visits family of victim

Rice stampede: Customs delegation visits family of victim


A delegation of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has visited the family of Susan Odulaja, one of the victims of the stampede that occurred during the sale of 25kg bags of rice in Lagos on February 23.

The customs delegation was led by Assistant Comptroller General of Customs/Zonal Coordinator Zone A, Lagos, Hammi Swomen.

“We remember the unfortunate incident that led to the loss of four precious lives during the disposal of 25kg bags of rice at a reduced price of N10,000. We are here to support this family and demonstrate our commitment to their well-being.

“We are here on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs to support this family. This is our second visit, but it is to demonstrate our continued support to the family.

“The service is mindful of the effects of this loss, and we have pledged to work with this family and support them continuously.

“When you are grieving and have people around you, it reduces the trauma. Right now, we are going to report to the CGC, and the service is considering, in concrete terms, what to do going forward,” Swomen said.

The husband of the deceased, Michael Odulaja, in his response, expressed gratitude to the visit.

“I thank God and the Nigeria Customs Service for their support. Any support that they give us, I will ensure that I use it wisely and invest it in the children,” he said.

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