Customs impound N77.8m imported poultry products

BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, Owerri

The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Zone C, has impounded 7,552 cartons of imported frozen poultry products worth over N77.8 million.

Addressing newsmen before the materials were finally buried within the Zonal premises in Owerri, the Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of the Unit, Mr. David Dimka, confirmed that the duty paid value of the poultry products is N77,824,000.

“The contraband goods were impounded this week along the Benin-Agbor, Isiokpo axis. Six persons have been arrested in connection with the seizure”, Dimka said.

Narrating how the importers concealed the products, the Deputy Comptroller said “they carefully hid the poultry products between generating sets and completely knocked down furniture inside vehicle numbers  XB 353 GBZ and XB 474 SAP.

“The importers carefully designed the packaging in a manner that was capable of deceiving security personnel”, Dimka said.

He passionately appealed to Nigerians to resist the temptation of consuming most of these imported poultry products, especially as nobody can say if they were properly handled in transit or not.

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