The Comptroller General of Customs Compliance team, Ogun axis, has seized about N19.24m worth of smuggled poultry.
The team leader, Shittu Almaroof, in a statement, said the seizures were made in three operations, between March 18 and 23, 2016 along the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway.
He said, “A patrol team had laid siege to the smugglers, acting on intelligence provided by informants. The smugglers bring in their products into the country in bits and pieces before onward transmission to the hinterland.
“It is imperative for the service to remain proactive in ensuring enforcement of the Federal Government’s fiscal policy as regards frozen poultry.”
Alamroof called on Nigerians to collaborate with the service in the fight against smuggled foreign poultry.
He said the service could not afford to treat smugglers with kid gloves in view of the devastating consequences of their illegal activities.
“We need to protect the heavy investments of Nigerians in the agro-based industries. These investors need to be encouraged in view of their contribution to the Gross Domestic Product.
In a similar vein, the Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service collected N963.7m as revenue for the month of March 2016.
A statement from the command said 60 seizures with a duty value of N115.18m and three suspects arrested in connection with the seizures were also recorded for the period under review.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Umar Dimka, said the command was able to collect over 94 per cent of its revenue target for the month.
He said, “The revenue exceeded the N 773.84m collected in the corresponding year march, 2015 with over N189.85m.
“We are committed and determined to succeed even in the face of daunting challenges that negatively affect revenue generation. However, our relentless quest to succeed in actualising our monthly revenue target makes every challenge surmountable to us as a command.”
Dimka noted that several factors had lowered economic activities at the Lagos-Abidjan corridor.
He listed them to include the two rounds of presidential elections that took place (on 5th and 19th March) in the Republic of Benin; the security alert over the possible invasion by armed robbers of the banks and the border community, which made banks open only half a day for a week, and the attempt by the armed robbery gang that was repelled by the joint border security forces through the waterways.