The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has stepped up its fight against smugglers as its Western Marine Command (WMC) has seized poultry products worth N19.3 million. The products, which were contained in 3221 cartons were seized along Badagry-Ere waterways, Lagos State.
This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), WMC, Comptroller Yusuf Umar shortly after leading a team of top officials of NCS including the CAC, Apapa Area Command, Comptroller Charles Edike to destroy the contrabands at the WMC Headquarters, Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos.
Umar explained that the seizures were the result of Operations Hawk Descend, a campaign initiated by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi for the enforcement of the ban on the importation of foreign frozen poultry products in the country.
Giving an insight into the increase in poultry products seizures by WMC in recent times, the WMC CAC explained that with the increase in the number of vigilant officers manning land borders, many smugglers in an attempt to avoid being caught and perhaps underestimating the capabilities of men and officers of WMC, took to ferrying the banned goods through the waterways. “Unfortunately, they soon met their waterloo in the waterways manned by agile men and officers manning the waterways under my watch,” he said.
Umar stated that WMC has effective control of the waterways in the Western region of the country which cuts across Kogi, Kwara, Ondo, Ogun , Lagos, Niger and Kebbi States even as he noted that they would not hesitate in arrest any smuggler or criminal who choose to operate in waterways
The WMC CAC attributed the success of the command’s operations to the unwavering support of the management of NCS and the recent introduction of the use AK47 rifles, and the subsequent training of about 111 officers by the Nigerian Army to sharpen their combat abilities in their encounters with smugglers.