The Western Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Lagos has reportedly destroyed 350 cartons of poultry products valued at N1.1 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria revealed that the destruction was carried out on the sideline of the visit of the Zonal Coordinator of NCS, Zone `A’, Mr Eporwei Edike, to the command on Friday 29th January 2016.
The Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Umar, who said the poultry products were intercepted along Joforo axis, Badagry creeks disclosed that the command had intercepted 8,581 cartons of poultry products since the introduction of Operation Hawk Descend.
He said the command intercepted 41 seizures of various items in 2015 with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N72. 71 millionThe controller also said that there was 78 per cent increase in value of seizures recorded in 2015 compared with 30 seizures valued at N28. 82 million recorded in 2014.
According to NAN reports, the intercepted items were scrap metals, rice, vegetable oil, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), frozen poultry products, condensed milk, wine, wooden boats, pumping machines and out board engines.
The zonal coordinator however urged officers to protect the nation’s waterways from smugglers of the poultry products stating that “There is danger in consuming the smuggled poultry products.
This is owing to fact that these products are usually preserved by the smugglers with formalin.
He described formalin as chemical used in embalming corpses and some chemical products.