by crossriverwatch admin
Federal Operations Unit Zone C of the Nigerian Customs Service yesterday arrested a white Peugeot J5 bus load of frozen chicken at Odukpani junction near Calabar in Cross River State.
Speaking to journalists, the head of the unit, Comptroller of Customs Dimka Victor David confirmed that the bus conveyed 202 cartons of frozen chicken worth over N1.7m.
He said the contraband product was confiscated and set ablaze at their burning site within the Customs premises in the presence of State Security Service, NDLEA, State Ministry of Environment and other security agencies.
According to the zonal customs boss, his men from the Calabar office chased the J5 bus with registration no. Lagos XW 871 EKY at about 9pm when the driver refused to stop for search and impounded it, disclosing that the driver abandon the vehicle and fled.
He said during a search, they discovered that the owners of the chicken merely used 20 bags of animal feeds grains to block the 202 bags of frozen chicken which were neatly wrapped with black cellophane nylon.
He said the contraband product which expires in 2014 were produced by Friaves Industrial Dealimentos and imported from Brazil.
The comptroller warned those behind the crime of smuggling contrabands into the country desist from the trade as those caught would be dealt with severely.
“One thing most worrying is that the sources of these contrabands are doubtful and hazardous. That is why Customs and other security agencies are alive to their responsibility in order to save our people from contamination and death, and also to help our local farmers grow”, he said.
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