In Nigeria, market prices of rice, turkey and chicken have increased due to the low supply and high demand of the products forllowing the closure of the Nigerian land border.
Only smuggled commodities are now available but at low supply, three weeks after the ongoing intensive joint border patrol by the security agencies led by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian land borders have remained closed to both legitimate and illegitimate businesses, BDSUNDAY has learnt.
The closure has lead to a drastic reduction in the volume of smuggled contraband commodities especially foreign parboiled rice, frozen turkey and chicken, second-hand clothing and others that come into Nigerian markets through the land borders thereby leading to the increase in prices.
In Lagos markets today, the prices of these commodities are still on the high side as 50kg of foreign parboiled now goes for N19,500; N320 for one ‘derica cup’ and N1,625 for one paint bucket of rice, BDSUNDAY reported.
Also, a cartoon of frozen turkey goes for N15,000; one cartoon of frozen ‘Orobo’ chicken goes for N14,000 while a cartoon of Nigerian chicken goes as low as N11,500.
Customs in a statement signed by Joseph Attah, national public relations of NCS, said that as at 10 September 2019, that the team arrested 100 illegal migrants and recorded seizures that include: 8,360 bags of 50kg parboiled foreign rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums filled with PMS as well as 16,371 empty 200 litres drums usually used for smuggling of PMS.
The statement further said the team also intercepted about 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; three outboard 40HP Engines; 13 Cotonu boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; six trucks; 114 motorcycles and 117 suspects.
Attah said that setting up the joint security operation was part of government’s efforts to sustain the rigorous patrol along the national borderlines to better secure the borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security.
“Despite the seizure, we will continue to appeal to the patriotic spirit of all Nigerians, especially members of the business community to see the exercise as an opportunity to further create an environment for local businesses to thrive in the overall interest of national security and development,” he solicited.