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Customs nab suspected banned poultry products smuggler in Lagos


CAC Western Marine Command, Comptroller Yusuf Umar briefing newsmen on the seizures

The Western Marine Command of the
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested a suspected smuggler with 206
cartons of banned poultry products worth N1.2 million.

The command also seized his fibre
boat valued at N2.1 million, bringing to N3.3 million the total amount of
seizures made from him.

Parading the suspect, Jephiter
John, the Comptroller, Yusuf Umar, said he was arrested on Oct. 28 at about
10.30 p.m. around in Badagry waterways.
Umar said “the suspect was caught
with smuggled 206 cartons of banned frozen products while trying to make away
in a fibre boat of 175 horse power engine capacity.
According to the comptroller, the
seized products are worth N1.2 million, while the fibre boat is valued N2.1
million, making it a total of N3.3 million worth of seizures made.
Meanwhile, the command had seized
a total of 8,216 cartons of frozen products valued N14 million under the
customs’ “Operation Hawk Descend.’’
The comptroller said the latest
seizures made it a total of N17.3 million poultry products the command seized
under the operation since July.
He said ‘Operation Hawk Descend’
was designed to have zero tolerance for smuggling in banned frozen products.
Umar said the special
anti-smuggling operation continued beyond its initial period of July to
September due to the success it recorded.
The comptroller said the operation
had enjoyed support from the Customs Intelligence Unit.
He added that the suspect would be
prosecuted according to the law.
The destruction of the seized
poultry products was witnessed by operatives of the State Security Service, a
police officer and staff of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration
and Control.

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