Critical stakeholders to the Nigeria Customs Service’s onslaughts against frozen poultry products smuggling, the Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN, has commended the NCS on its battles, particularly the commitment to their cause, noting that genuine hope had now been restored to their business.
PAN director-general, Onallo Akpa indicated this in a statement issued at the weekend, even as ‘Hawk Descend’ took the renewed anti-smuggling war to Kaduna-Jibya axis, in a bid to tackle daring poultry smugglers who have now relocated to the north, in a bid to escape the onslaught in the south.
Anchoring their appreciation on the service on its outstanding performance, especially through Hawk Descends’ fifth week efforts which resulted in seizures of 13,960 cartons of frozen poultry, with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N45million, the PAN director-general also stressed that the body now had increasing determination to re-double its investments efforts and strategies towards meeting the nation’s poultry needs.
“The leadership of the Poultry Association of Nigeria 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,” the statement noted.
A breakdown of the seizures showed that the Ogun command impounded 6, 565 cartons with a DPV of N2,937,441; the FOU Zone A 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 N45,470,441.

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