On Thursday, Oct, the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, of the Nigeria Customs Service seized 5,020 cartons of smuggled poultry products with a Duty Paid Value of N30m along Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway. The products were hidden in a truck containing 2,016 pieces of Nestle-bottled water.
The Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, Comptroller Amade Abdul, said, “The vehicle was immediately brought down to the headquarters of the FOU in Ikeja, where a search revealed the smuggled poultry products concealed between packages of the bottled water.”
Abdul added that a suspect had been apprehended in connection with the seizure and would give clues towards unraveling the major kingpins behind the crime.
He said, “We suspected that the smugglers wanted to take the advantage of the Eld-el Kabir celebration to perpetrate their crime. We have recorded remarkable achievement in the fight against smugglers of poultry products. This can be observed from the scarcity and high cost of the products in the Nigerian market. Our aggressive patrols have turned the heat on smugglers, forcing them to seek alternative means of smuggling, but we are determined to prevent them from succeeding.”