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Customs destroys 2,000 cartons of poultry products

CAC Western Marine Command, Yusuf Umar
The Western Marine Command of the
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday destroyed over 2,000 cartons of
smuggled poultry products.

The Comptroller of the command, Mr
Yusuf Umar, told newsmen in Lagos that the command would continue to clamp down
on smugglers of frozen poultry products by ensuring continuous seizure and
destruction of the products. 
He said that operatives of the command
remained resolute in ensuring the success of “Operation Hawk Descend’’,
launched by the NCS on July 7 to fight smuggling of frozen poultry products. 
Umar said that success recorded so far
was due to combined efforts of the Customs Intelligence Unit and operatives,
who had been given special training in the use of AK-47 riffles.
“We are confident, combat-ready and
have deployed a specially-trained squad for this assignment.
“Operation Hawk Descend has a responsibility
to block all channels through which these products come and we have succeeded
in blocking about 80 of the identified 90 channels.” 
He noted that the operational strategy
of creating synergy with communities around coastal areas in Yekeme and Badagry
had paid off.
According to him, the communities have
been cooperating and even educating their people on the dangers of smuggling
activities and ensuring that their areas don’t as bases for smugglers.
He urged Nigerians to understand the
dangers of smuggling to the nation’s economy and see it as a major reason for
lack of jobs, which could lead to increased crime in the society.
Onepageafrica reports that the
destruction of the products was witnessed by officials of the Nigeria Police Force
and the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control.
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