The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, has continued to effectively checkmate the excesses of smugglers of contraband goods in the country following the latest seizure of a total of 24,273 cartons of imported frozen poultry products with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N256,264,200.
A statement on Monday by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Onuigbo Ifeoma, quoted the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu as saying that the items which were cleverly and deceitfully concealed in a Scania truck with an inscription ‘DHL’ were seized on the 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 #256,264,200 just as three suspects were arrested by the eagle-eyed Customs men on duty in connection with the illegal business.
Mamadu, who spoke on 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 engrossed in the illicit business to desist forthwith in their own interest or face the full weight of the law.
Represented by the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Enforcement, Mr. Oladesu Shola 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 stated that the NCS was now well fortified, better equipped, trained and transformed to deal decisively with smugglers wherever they operated.