The Nigerian Customs Service and vehicle dealers appeared to have drawn a battle line in Kaduna, as the duo clashed yesterday over vehicle import duty. A Customs’ Hilux patrol vehicle was set ablaze in the process.
It, however, took a timely intervention of the Kaduna State security outfit (Operation Yaki) to prevent the clash from leading to a major crisis within the Kaduna city.
The incident, which took place on Rabah Road, in Kaduna North Local Government, occurred at about 3.00pm when Customs officials had gone on patrol to impound vehicles without import duties from car dealers in the city.
Meanwhile, when our correspondent arrived at the scene at about 4.00pm, men of the Kaduna State Fire Service were still battling to put off the fire on the patrol vehicle.