The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit Zone C, on Saturday destroyed 600 cartons of smuggled frozen turkey and chicken in Benin, Edo State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the NCS Comptroller of the zone, Mr Victor Dimka said the items were seized on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, along the Benin-Ekiadolor road in Edo State.
“The duty paid value (DPV) of the items are N5.76 million and the items were destroyed at customs house destruction site, in compliance with Federal Government policy on importation of frozen products (chicken and turkey),” Dimka was quoted to have said.
The federal government had banned the importation of frozen chicken and turkey in 2003, but with little or no enforcement since then, the products were still available in Nigerian markets. However, the NCS has resumed enforcement in recent months.