Lagos - Frozen poultry products worth over N12 million have been seized during the first week of Operation Hawk Descend the Customs Service has initiated in the South Western axis of the Nigeria– Benin border.
According to the agency, the seizures consist of 1 803 cartons of the banned products confiscated in the operation.
Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service, said most of the seizures were made when commercial vehicles conveying them were apprehended by Customs Officers.
However, a significant number were made on the Iyafin Badagry waterways on the Lagoon that stretches through the Nigeria – Benin order, he said.
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Adeniyi said assessing the first week of the operation, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi, acknowledged the support of border communities in effecting the seizures.
“He commended them for obliging Customs patrol Officers reliable intelligence about the activities of Poultry Products smugglers and cold room operators,” said Adeniyi.
Abdullahi urged hotel and restaurant owners, fast food outlet operators and barbecue sellers to shun smuggled chicken, noting that the protection of the Nigerian poultry sector was the responsibility of all.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and stakeholders in the poultry business recently launched Operation Hawk Descend” to check the activities of smugglers of frozen chicken, turkey and other poultry products.
- CAJ News