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Customs impounds container load of stew worth N27m from China

Relying on intelligence report, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  has intercepted a container with imported soups
(Stew) and some other eatable items worth N27,960,000 from China.

The container which was cleared from one of the ports in Lagos was
arrested by the Customs CGC Strike Force team as a result of information
provided by the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU) all of the NCS.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Friday while showcasing some of the
items seized between September 19 and October 18, 2018, Deputy Comptroller and
National Coordinator, CGC Strike Force, Abdullahi Kirawa said the system has
degenerated to the level that Nigerians are now importing stew into the

He lamented that the imported pots of stew and other eatable
items, which could not be verified as a result of the Chinese Language written
on their packs, could pose serious dangers to the consumers.

According to Abdullahi Kirawa, “How can someone come and import
stew into the country? The stew was carefully concealed inside the container. I
will advise that Nigerians should ignore xenocentrism and embrace

“Our quest for foreign goods and items must be discouraged and we
must work hard to embrace and patronise homemade goods including our delicious
stew that is prepared from our homes, and stop engaging in this type of

“This type of soup poses danger to public health, to the economy and
of course our teeming youths. If stew could be imported, then what else are we
going to do? So this is something we need to reflect on.”

However, he said some other packed items that looked like mushroom
was already deteriorating in the container, saying this shows the dangers it
would pose to human health when ingested or consumed.

Speaking on how to checkmate the menace of unhealthy importation
of goods into the country, he said; “this is a call that this type of
importation of goods must be discouraged. One of the things to use to solve
this problem is public sensitization on the dangers of smuggling.

“Therefore, you and I must work hard to ensure that we spread this
news to all nooks and crannies of this country for people to be aware that
these are some of the things that pose dangers to their health and must be

Recall that Nigerians have been importing foods that people
normally prepared in their various homes in the last fours years, such as
Jollof rice, Garri among others, which Customs have intercepted over the years.

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