Report sent by Bisi Akingbade
Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service in Lagos recently destroyed poultry products worth N17.6 million intercepted along the Badagry waterways and Ibeshe axis.
The Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Boniliya Binga advised the smugglers to desist from smuggling at the destruction site of the poultry products in Lagos.
According to him, “If they are not tired of losing their money, we are not tired of destroying it.
“Better look for a better thing to do with your money than to smuggle in products that are not supposed to be brought into this country”.
“Better for you to take your money look for a legitimate business, if you don’t have any, we have enough lands for you to farm if you have no other legitimate business to do,” he reiterated.
This was the second time in a week that the command was intercepting and destroying smuggled poultry into the country.
After a bout 2096 cartons were intercepted on the 21st of September, another 253 cartons of birds were seized on 24th of the same month totaling 2349 cartons.
According to him, “All in all we have 2349 cartons that we just buried today. And you can see how the odor of the place is. It’s not a good odor so we had to make sure we destroy them quickly and do away with them. We are ready and would always be ready to destroy them.”
Comptroller Binga admonished Nigerians to look for something legitimate to do other than illegitimate adding that there are enough lands available for farming if such persons could venture into it.
Other sister agencies such as National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force were part of the seizures together with the Nigeria Customs Service.