The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ on Friday said that it intercepted and destroyed smuggled poultry products worth N20, 678,400.
Acting Controller of the Unit, Usman Yahaya, confirmed that the seizures were made in two separate operations within one week.
A statement by the Unit’s Public Relations Officer, Jerry Attah, quoted Yahaya as saying that his men had sustained round –the-clock patrols, while keeping to safe distance rules in line with Covid-19 prevention techniques.
He added that the seizures came in 2,154 cartons laden in seven different vehicle of different capacities.
“These seizures, which we made within a week is a strong message to smugglers and trans border criminals.
They should not be deceived into concluding that we are away from our duty posts.
“As usual, we are on duty and will continue to surprise smugglers with seizures and arrests any time they dare us.
“These seizures were contained in seven vehicles that were quickly abandoned by the drivers who fled on sighting our officers. We had to improvise means of driving the vehicles to our premises because the smugglers ran away with the keys,” Yahaya said, according to the statement.
The bulk of the seizure was achieved by a patrol team led by Steven Abah, a Chief Superintendent of Customs whose team brought in 1500 cartons in a swoop.