The Nigeria Customs Service ‘Operation Hawk Descend’ ended its fifth week of operations by recording seizures worth N 45,470,441, posting the highest Duty Paid Value (DPV) since the launch of the operation last month.
This sustained onslaught has elicited commendations from the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), which commended the Service’s ongoing onslaughts against the smuggling of frozen poultry products into the country, saying the commitment has restored hopes in their business.
PAN said in a statement issued at the weekend by its Director-General, Onallo Akpa, said: “The leadership of the Poultry Association Farmers appreciates the excellent performance through various acts of onslaught, arrests and confiscation of smuggled poultry products into the Country. This is very unprecedented, as we can boldly say that operation “Hawk Descend” is a highly successful exercise.”
A breakdown of the seizures showed that the Ogun Command impounded 6, 565 cartons with a DPV of N2,937,441.00; the FOU Zone A (Ikeja) recorded 1,395 cartons, with a DPV of N7,533,000.; the FOU B (Kaduna), confiscated 6,000, with DPV of N 35,000,000; totaling 13,960 cartons, with a DPV of N 45,470,441.
In his assessment of the seizure trend, the Comptroller-General of Customs, (CGC), Dikko Inde Abdullahi said that smugglers of poultry products are now exploring routes in the Northern and Eastern parts of the Country, as the Special Operation had made life difficult for them in the South-Western flank.
He commended the Federal Operations Units in Lagos and Kaduna for their huge seizures, and put other Commands on alert, noting that the FOU Operatives in Kaduna actually apprehended two trucks conveying smuggled poultry products at Gidan Wali, along Babana border in Niger State.
It will be recalled that recently, the Service signed a bilateral agreement with the Customs Administration of Benin Republic to synergize and share intelligence to boost operations along the borders.
To actualise this agreement, the Nigeria Customs Service remarkably supported Benin Customs Administration with a donation of five brand new pick-up Double Cabin Vehicles.