Customs destroys N37m frozen turkey, chicken

The Oyo-Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, at the weekend, destroyed frozen turkey and chicken worth over N37 million at the Arapaja Village dump site in Ibadan.
The frozen foods were first buried after which a bulldozer marched on it to perfect the destruction.
Area Controller of the Command, Mr. Richard Oteri, while briefing journalists at the dump site, said the frozen foods were seized last Thursday by a team of Customs Scrap Force led by DLC Alajogun at Ilugun area along old Eruwa Road after intelligence gathering by the command.

Oteri, who was represented by the Deputy Controller Administration, Mr. Usman Buba, also said other items seized with the goods were eight vehicles used in conveying the frozen turkey and chicken.
He said: “A total of 5, 390 cartons conveyed in eight vehicles were seized by the officers. The vehicles are now at the headquarters of the command.”
He said importation of poultry products and other forms of smuggling are dangerous to the country’s economy while emphasising that the command had several times warned members of the public to stop the consumption of frozen foods.
“The way the poultry products were prepared, the method of conveyance and the preservation, which nobody can determine, make it injurious for human consumption.”