The Nigeria Customs Service of the Federal Operation Unit Zone C, Owerri, says it has destroyed 102,099 cartons of poultry products that were smuggled into the country. The destroyed products are estimated to be worth N1,275,712,500, according to its total Duty Paid Value.
Customs Area Controller of the unit, Mohammed Garba, told newsmen that the destroyed items were seized beginning from October 2016 at the time he assumed office.
Mohammed said it was necessary to destroy the products as they were prohibited from being imported into the country, while warning smugglers to desist from the act in order to save their financial resources.
He added that his unit seized 24,032 cartons of poultry products last Thursday as they were being smuggled along Benin/Ekiadolor axis of the Lagos-Edo expressway.
“As trained officers in the course of our duty, when we intercept any suspected goods and confirm it to be brought in contrary to the laws, it will be seized and disposed of.
“We will continue to make sure that the public is adequately informed so that importation will be done in conformity with the laws and we will stem the menace of smuggling.”