Kaduna state was almost thrown in another state of crisis as car dealers in the state clashed with local custom personnels.
The incident, which took place along the Rabah Road, in Kaduna North Local Government, occurred at about 3pm when Customs officials had gone on patrol to impound vehicles without import duties from car dealers in the city.
In the heat of the situation, car dealers set ablaze a custom patrol vehicle. Pedestals and other motorists scrambled for cover as the clash lead to a lot of unrest and destruction of public property.
Sources say the situation would have escalated further if not for the quick intervention of the popular security patrol Unit (operation yaki).
“The Customs officials had gone to Issa Kaita Road to impound vehicles without import duties from an auto mart. They succeeded in impounding four of the vehicles but came back to tow the remaining two.
“As they took the remaining two, the car dealers mobilized and gave them a hot chase. Luck ran against the Customs’ driver as the dealers caught up with him, dragged him down and set the patrol vehicle on fire.” –Sources report.
When contacted, the spokesman for the Nigerian Customs Headquarters, Abuja, Joseph Attah, confirmed the incident, while stating that the owner of the seized vehicles was already in their custody.