BY AMBROSE OKEHl & SANDRA CHUKWUNYERE
Few months after the Western Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the leadership of the incumbent and able Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Binga made superlative onslaught against smugglers by impounding items of numerous kinds and grades that fell under prohibition, concealment wrong declarations and outright smuggling, the Command is on it again.
This time around, it was another big catch for the Command, also a heavy one indeed for the the officers and men of their boss (CAC) and the enforcement unit of the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service as the swoop on the smugglers.
The Command on Monday destroyed poultry products with over N6.5million Duty Paid Value, (DPV) on just a one single outing.
The items were burnt in the presence of officials from NAFDAC, other government agencies, as well as the media men.
The CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Binga, who was elated over the performance of his officers on patrol, spoke to the newsmen after destruction exercise, said that the destruction of the items was in line with the policy of government, adding that such items are not healthy for human consumption and must be destroyed, as later effects of such would be dangerous and harmful to human health.
Comptroller Binga as well warned Nigerians against the issue of smuggling and everything that has to do with smuggling.
He specifically noted that items like frozen chicken are highly prohibited items, as well as poultry products into the country and must not be allowed to be imported into the country on whatever form.
The Command later hinted that the seizure was possible because of the Command’s intelligence gathering.
The western Marine boss who was physically angry with the way smugglers are going about the nefarious destructive business of theirs, said, they are destroying the economy of this country and as well endangering the lives of its populace while equally hindering the local industry from growing.