Customs arrests nine for smuggling PMS, expired poultry products
Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs, have arrested nine suspects in connection with the smuggling of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and expired poultry products in and out of the country.
The Acting Controller, FOU Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu, disclosed this, yesterday, while displaying the 34,725 liters of petroleum motor spirit and 201 cartons of expired chicken seasoning cubes as well as 331 cartons of frozen poultry worth N537 million that were seized by the unit in July, 2022.
Ejibunu lamented that while Nigerians pass through hardship to pay more for PMS amidst scarcity, unscrupulous citizens choose to satisfy their greed by smuggling the products to the Republic of Benin and other border corridors.
Ejibunu also lamented how desperate importers, who for their monetary gains, use forex for the importation of expired seasonings cubes, used clothes, shoes, tyres, poultry products and other prohibited items under the import list.
Some of the seizures include 7,261 bags of 50 kilogramme of foreign parboiled rice, equivalent to 12 trucks load; 600 bags of five kilogramme of basmati rice each; 39 bales of used clothes; six units of used imported cars; 2,634 cartons of slippers/shoes; 900 pairs of used shoes; 225 pieces of used tyres and 42 units of used motorcycles.
The Controller noted that the unit collected N24 million as revenue after meticulous checks on import documents, followed with the issuance of demand notices to importers/agents found to have short-paid their duties.
He said: “It may interest you to know that the Federal Government in her wisdom banned the importation of poultry products so as to support the growth of domestic poultry farms and to protect them from foreign competition. Secondly, it was discovered that in the process of transporting these products, some hazardous chemicals are applied to help in preserving the products, since its frozen state of being cannot be sustained till it reaches the final consumers.”