By Andrew Airahuobhor, Lagos
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) seized frozen poultry products worth over N12 million during the first week of operation “Hawk Descend” in the South Western axis of Nigeria – Benin border.
The seizures consist of 1,803 cartons of the banned products confiscated in the operation. Most of the seizures were made when commercial vehicles conveying them were apprehended by Customs Officers. However, a significant number were made on the Iyafin Badagry waterways on the Lagoon that stretches through the Nigeria – Benin Border.
The breakdown of the seizure made showed that Federal Operations Unit had 975 cartons; Seme Command seized 461 cartons; Oyo/Osun Command got 247 cartons and the Western marine Command impounded 110 cartons.
The Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, Enforcement, (DCG) Musa launched operation “Hawk Descend”, last week in Lagos on behalf of the Comptroller General. Hawk Descend is a new initiative to totally contain smuggling of frozen poultry into Nigeria, within the next three months.
Assessing the first week of the operation, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Diko Inde Abdullahi acknowledged the support of border communities in effecting the seizures. He commended them for obliging Customs patrol Officers reliable intelligence about the activities of poultry smugglers and cold room operators.
He urged Hotel and Restaurant owners, Fast food outlet operators and Barbecue sellers to shun smuggled chicken, noting that the protection of the Nigerian Poultry Sector is the responsibility of all.
Source : Independent