Western Marine Customs records N13 million seizures

…destroys 272 poultry products.

By Chinonye Anyatonwu.

Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command, Lagos, says it has seized goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N13 million.

The new Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters stated this while addressing the newsmen at the destruction site of 272 poultry products in Lagos, last week.

The seized items, according to the Controller, were 466 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 272 cartons of poultry products and some materials. The items were seized at Bera Creek in Ado Odo, Ogun State, Badagry water ways and Yekeme water ways in Lagos.

Compt. Peters warned illicit traders to try and engage in legitimate business in order to enhance economic growth.

“The fight against smuggling activities will take a more ferocious momentum that will lead to massive seizures and enforcement of extant rules if the smugglers continue to dare,” he said.

He also said the operation Ex-Swift otherwise called Border Drill is on and that all unrepentant smugglers should not dare the waters because officers and men of the command have resolved not to rest on their oars.

“We want to make it clear to these economic saboteurs and their accomplices that customs will continue to hit hard on smugglers as items found to be contraband will be seized and offenders prosecuted,’’ he said.

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