|CGC, Dikko Abdullahi|
(NCS) has declared war against smuggling of poultry products with the launch of
a special unit for this purpose code-named ‘Hawk Descend’.
the idea was to achieve national food security and protect the economy from the
activities of smugglers.
General (DCG) Investigation, Inspection and Enforcement, Tahir Musa, said that
the unit would ensure that Nigeria was not used as a dumping ground for
smuggled poultry products, which he said was not the best for human
He said, “During this period, our operatives will intercept smuggled products,
seize and destroy them in line with the provisions of extant laws and
regulations. Like the wayward chic, there will be no hiding place for smuggled
chicken in our land. Our hawks will descend and mop them out of circulation.
smoking, we are strengthened by the outcome of recent medical research which
reconfirmed our fears about the health hazards of consuming smuggled products.
message to the exporter countries that Nigeria can no longer be a dumping site
for products that have outlived their usefulness.”
increased smuggling activities of poultry products despite efforts by the
Customs to check the situation.
but from time to time, this menace rears its ugly head and that is why we have
decided to march by launching this operation so that we can mop it up and in a
sustainable manner so that no smuggled poultry products come into the country”,
the special unit will be in operation in Ogun, Lagos and Oyo states for about
to cooperate with the Customs by giving vital information that will lead to the
apprehension of smugglers.
of smuggled poultry products were destroyed as part of the launch of the ‘Hawk
The Director General, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Onallo Akpa
disclosed that 80 percent of smuggled poultry products come into the country
from Benin Republic.
to have this in our country ,while the economy of other countries continue to
develop. If we allow this to continue, what will be the fate of investment in
this country? What will be the fate of employment created by this industry for