Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), popular as Zone ‘C’, Owerri, has announced the seizure of 24,273 cartons of imported frozen poultry products with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about N256,264,200.00
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Onuigbo Ifeoma, quoted Zone C Area Controller, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, as saying that the items which were “cleverly and deceitfully” concealed in a Scania truck marked ‘DHL’.
He disclosed that the products were seized with Benin axis in Edo State.
Haruna, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the Customs Warehouse in Benin said that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the items impounded stood at N256,264,200 just as three suspects were arrested by Customs operatives in connection with the illegal import.
The Customs Comptroller, who spoke of the consequences usually associated with the consumption of foreign frozen poultry products preserved with chemicals meant for the preservation of dead bodies, regretted that a number of untimely deaths had occurred as a result of this.
He said that the NCS had continued to ensure maximum media publicity in respect of the dangers posed to human health by imported frozen poultry products and warned those still engaged in the business to desist in their own interest or face the full weight of the law.
Represented by the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Enforcement, Mr. Oladesu Shola, Mr. Mamudu regretted that while the Nigeria Customs had remained resolute, consistent and diligent in the war against smuggling, those involved in the unpatriotic act had continued to devise and perfect many plans to achieve their illegal ambitions.
He assured that the NCS was now better equipped and trained to deal decisively with smugglers wherever they operate with a superlative intelligence gathering system and unit.
He assured that those already in the Customs’ net would undergo a thorough investigation and if found culpable would be made to face the music accordingly.
“We are now talking of a change but regrettably these smugglers are not ready to embrace the change meant for the betterment of our country. We have no other country called ours and therefore, all hands must be to the pump to salvage it,” he said.