Frozen Poultry: Customs Destroys Cartons Of Imported Chicken Worth N83m

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The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri yesterday seized and destroyed 4118 cartons of frozen poultry with duty paid value of N83,389,500 at the Abia Command in Owerri.

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The Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri, Comptroller Amajam Bukar, said the seizure of the poultry products which was transported in a 1X40ft container, was achieved through a tip-off from an informant to operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri.

The Unit with the aid of partner security agencies including the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police Force, was able to secure the container and its contents and destroy it in line with government directives.

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Comptroller Amajam who stressed that frozen poultry products are illegal and an import prohibition called on the public not to patronize such products which he said are harmful to human health.

He also called on intending frozen poultry importers to desist and instead channel their resources to legal imports will be of benefit to the nation and to avoid loss.



“The Unit with the aid of partner security agencies including the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police Force, was able to secure the container and its contents and destroy it in line with government directives.

“Importation of frozen poultry products is illegal and it still remains on Nigeria’s import prohibition list.

“I call on the public not to buy such products because they are harmful to human health.

“I also call on intending frozen poultry importers to desist and instead channel their resources to legal imports will be of benefit to the nation and to avoid loss of their scarce resources.”

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He reiterated the commitment of the Service to work tirelessly to protect the economy as well as the local agriculture industry from unhealthy competition.

On hand to witness the destruction were representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Department of State Security, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), amongst others