- The seizure and eventual destruction of cartons of frozen poultry was achieved through the aid of a tip-off from a Customs informant
- The controller of the Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri urged the public not to purchase frozen poultry products as its importation is illegal and the products are unhealthy
- Comptroller Amajam stressed the commitment of the Customs Service to protect the economy and protect the local agriculture industry from ‘unhealthy competition’
A total of 4,118 cartons of frozen poultry with duty paid value of N83,389,500 were destroyed at the Federal Operations Unit Zone C of the Nigerian Customs Service, Owerri on Wednesday, June 21.
The development was made public in a statement by the Nigerian Customs Service.
Representatives of various agencies including the police, the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, the Department of State Security, and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps witnessed the destruction of the products.
The statement read:
"The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri destroyed 4118 cartons of frozen poultry with duty paid value of N83,389,500 yesterday at the Abia/Command in Owerri.
"Comptroller Amajam Bukar, the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri said the seizure of the poultry products which was transported in a 1X40ft container, was achieved through a tip off from an informant to operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri.
"The Unit with the aid of partner security agencies including the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police Force, was able to secure the container and its contents and destroy it in line with government directives.
"Comptroller Amajam who stressed that frozen poultry products is illegal and an import prohibition called on the public not to patronize such products which he said are harmful to human health. He also called on intending frozen poultry importers to desist and instead channel their resources to legal imports will be of benefit to the nation and to avoid loss.
"He reiterated the commitment of the Service to work tirelessly to protect the economy as well as the local agriculture industry from unhealthy competition.
"On hand to witness the destruction were representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Department of State Security, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), amongst others."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service announced its readiness to commence the operation of an e-auction portal which would start on July 1, 2017.
The agency said it came to this success after repeated tests of the e-auction platform.
The portal is fully networked to designated banks to ensure money accruing from the auction gets to the Central bank of Nigeria Treasury Single Account for transparency and accountability.
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