Nigeria Customs Service has made seizures worth N 45,470,441 (Forty Five Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty One Naira), in the fourth week of Operation "Hawk Descend", targeted at smugglers of imported poultry products.
This Duty Paid Value is the highest recorded since the launch of the operation last month.
Below is the breakdown of the seizures as contained in a Press Release signed by the Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi...
Quantity of seizure - 6, 565 cartons
Duty Paid Value - N2,937,441.00
Quantity of seizure - 1,395 cartons
Duty Paid Value - N7,533,000.00
FOU B (Kaduna)
Quantity - 6,000 cartons
Duty Paid Value - N 35,000,000
Total Quantity = 13,960 cartons
Value = N 45,470,441
Assessing the seizure trend, Comptroller-general of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi stated that smugglers of poultry products are now exploring routes in the Northern and Eastern parts of the Country, as the Special Operation had made life difficult for them in the South-Western flank.
He commended the Federal Operations Units in Lagos and Kaduna for their huge seizures, and put other Commands on alert. Last week, FOU Operatives in Kaduna apprehended two trucks conveying smuggled poultry products at Gidan Wali, along Babana border in Niger State.
Meanwhile, the success of Operation "Hawk Descend" has attracted the commendation of the Poultry Association of Nigeria. In a statement issued during the weekend, the Director-General of the Association Onallo Akpa expressed appreciation for the outstanding performance in containment of smuggled Poultry Products.
It will be recalled that recently, the Service signed a bilateral agreement with the Customs Administration of Benin Republic to synergize and share intelligence to boost operations along the borders. To actualise this agreement, the Nigeria Customs Service has supported Benin Customs Administration with a donation of five (5) brand new pick-up Double Cabin Vehicles.