NCS Raises Alarm on Smuggling of Poultry Products15 June 2012
NIGERIA - The Ogun state Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has raised alarm on the increase in the smuggling of frozen poultry products into the country.
According to Daily Trust, the NCS Area Controller, Deputy Comptroller Bamidele Akande who made these disclosure at a news conference in Abeokuta, said despite the upsurge in smuggling of the poultry products, the Command is still making progress in intercepting them before getting into the country.
According to Mr Akande "we are have been recording huge successes, specially on interdiction of frozen poultry products which have been the new smuggling attraction. There is on gain-saying the fact of the health hazards inherent in the consumption of imported frozen poultry products which had compelled the Federal Government to prohibit its importation into Nigeria," he said.
The Area Controller hinted that it is in the light of the development that the Command seized and destroyed by burning 985 cartons of the products in the last two weeks.
Mr Akande who put the value of the burnt products at N4,432,500.00, told Daily Trust that the high rate of the smuggling may not be unconnected to the relative low price of the product in the neighbouring country, where it is being smuggled into the country.
Also, the Command in its course of performing her anti-smuggling roles had seized about 1102kg narcotics (CANNABIS sativa) in the last two weeks.
On the seized illicit drug, the Customs boss said the 1102kg seized was valued at N7,714,000.00, which was intercepted in three batches of 53 sacks of 10kg, 10 sacks of 10kg and one sack of 17kg.
The Ogun State commandant of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammed Muhammed who recieved the drug described the seizure as landmark, even as he appealed to the state government to partner the agency in ensuring that the drugs did not found its way into the consumers.