Customs Seize Container Of Fish Worth N22Million Which Was Imported From Turkey. Photos
Posted On 18/03/2017
The Apapa Command of Nigeria Customs Service has impounded a forty foot container laden with Tilapia Fish from Turkey. Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Customs Area Controller of the Command, Jibrin Musa disclosed that the importer declared apples as the content of the container before scanning proved it to be 2700 cartons of prohibited frozen fish.
Jibrin told journalists that aside the offence of false declaration, the import also contravened the law as it failed the requirement for license and quota expected for importers of allowable fish species into Nigeria. Jibrin who paraded a suspect before newsmen, said investigations are ongoing on the seizure while adding that his command has opened communication with relevant agencies like National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) on the seizure. While answering reporters questions, the Controller ruled out the possibility of destroying the seized fish as he added that the command will await further directive from its headquarters on how to dispose of it.
He also warned perpetrators of unlawful import and export practices in Apapa to desist from it as the long arms of the law will always bring them to book.