Acting on intelligence, the Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command, has intercepted two consignments of frozen foods like pork, turkey, meat and other perishable items on Sunday and Monday.
Speaking to newsmen, Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) Mr. Wale Adeniyi said one of the consignments was concealed as vegetables while the other consignment was allegedly abandoned by the importer at Gate 13 of the airport.
The first consignment was intercepted on a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg through the tarmac operatives of the command. The second consignment was abandoned at Gate 13 of the airport by the importers.
The two consignments had the total duty paid value of N68.850m. The Customs Area Comptroller, MMIA, Mr Wale Adeniyi, explained that officers of the command discovered the items after insisting on inspecting the consignments.
He said, “Though the airway bill described the goods as fresh vegetables but they were frozen food items, which are contraband in the country.
It became obvious that the importer through his agents had prepared pre-release documentation purporting the import to be fresh vegetables with the sole intention to evade the import prohibition order.”
Adeniyi declared that the seizures were warning to importers of contraband goods into the country, reiterating that the command would make it extremely difficult for such persons to use the airport to perpetuate their criminal activities.