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Frozen Poultry: Customs destroy 1,583 cartons, vow to cripple smuggling

Destruction of seized smuggled poultry products at the Western Marine Command
The Western
Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday vowed to keep up the
fight against smuggling of frozen poultry products, especially around Yekeme,
near Badagry.
CAC, Western Marine Command, Yusuf Umar explaining some points to newsmen 

Controller in charge of the
command, Yusuf Umar, said this while destroying 1,583 cartons of smuggled
poultry products in Lagos.

He said the command had seized and
destroyed 6,668 cartons of poultry products from July 7 to date when `Operation
Hawk Descend’ was established to fight the smuggling of the products.
Umar said customs would work to
ensure that revenue leakages were plugged, just as it would work to protect the
nation’s economy through its services.
He warned that smugglers must stop
forthwith or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
“Those who engage in this act of
smuggling of poultry products should desist, henceforth, because there is no
hiding place for them as far as we are concerned.
“They should know by now that the
customs is working with a very much improved intelligence reports and will
always track them down.
“But then, we also want them to
know that the danger of their act is more than they think, considering the
effect on the economy.
“We should proudly grow and
sustain our own poultry industry that can also create a lot of jobs for
people,” he said.
Umar commended the support offered
by the Army Command in Badagry.
He said that the Commanding
Officer, Col. Isa, sent his officers  to
the area, making the operation stronger against the smugglers who eventually
fled, escape for their lives.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that the destruction of the products was witnessed by officials of the
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Other witnesses were officers of
the Nigeria Police and the Department for State Security (DSS).

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