Customs intercept cartons of frozen foods concealed as vegetables, worth N68.8m in Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted two consignments of frozen foods in Lagos, at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport.

The consignments of frozen foods were destroyed by the Nigerian customs on Wednesday November 13 in Lagos and reportedly worth N68.8m.

Cartons of frozen foods concealed as vegetables intercepted by Nigerian customs in Lagos

According to Daily Trust, one of the consignments was concealed as vegetables while the other consignment was allegedly abandoned by the importer at Gate 13 of the airport.

Speaking to newsmen, Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) Mr. Wale Adeniyi said the first consignment containing meat, chicken, turkey and other frozen foods were discovered on South African Airways on November 10, 2019.

He also said that the command’s tarmac operatives intercepted the consignment which showed it contained perishables and therefore qualified for pre-release at the cargo wing of the airport. He explained that its officers at the command insisted on inspecting the items before transferring them, stressing that in the cause of inspection, it was discovered that the items contained 40 cartons of beef, pork and fish fillets.

He said, “Though, the Airway Bill described the goods as fresh vegetables, but they were rather frozen foods, which are contraband in the country. It became obvious that the importer through his agents has prepared pre-release documentations purporting the imports to be fresh vegetables with the sole intention to evade the import prohibition order.”

Daily Trust reported that Wale Adeniyi further disclosed that the second consignment of 104 cartons which had pork meat, beef, and turkey was abandoned inside four dollies close to Gate 13.

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