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Customs Destroys N83M Worth of Frozen Poultry Products in Owerri



Workers destroying illegal frozen products

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations in Owerri destroyed N83, 389, 500 worth of frozen poultry products because they were illegal and could be harmful to human health.

The statement below was posted on their Facebook page.


The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri destroyed 4118 cartons of frozen poultry with duty paid value of N83,389,500 yesterday at the Abia/Command in Owerri.

Comptroller Amajam Bukar, the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri said the seizure of the poultry products which was transported in a 1X40ft container, was achieved through a tip off from an informant to operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri. The Unit with the aid of partner security agencies including the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police Force, was able to secure the container and its contents and destroy it in line with government directives.

Comptroller Amajam who stressed that frozen poultry products is illegal and an import prohibition called on the public not to patronize such products which he said are harmful to human health. He also called on intending frozen poultry importers to desist and instead channel their resources to legal imports will be of benefit to the nation and to avoid loss.

He reiterated the commitment of the Service to work tirelessly to protect the economy as well as the local agriculture industry from unhealthy competition.

On hand to witness the destruction were representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Department of State Security, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), amongst others.


Photo Credit: Facebook Nigerian Customs Service


  1. Olubunmi Agbebi

    June 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Nigerian govt are so wasteful,cant they give d less privilege pple the chicken instead of destroying it,pple are hungry and they re destroying what pple can eat……stupid colonial idea

  2. janto fube

    June 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    when plenty people are going hungry in the country? talk about misplaced priorities.

  3. Diva

    June 22, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I’m crying in my mind… Chei.. But people won’t listen imagine the chicken and the money.. The owner will just commit suicide

  4. Ugizdotcom

    June 22, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    How can they transport such without a frozen container, good work Nigeria customs

  5. dej

    June 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Remember folks, there are millions dying of hunger in idp camps all over the country.

  6. rosette

    June 23, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Now, this is the hieght of wickedness and misplaced priority.. When will we learn and really change???

  7. rosette

    June 23, 2017 at 9:53 am


  8. Viv Law

    June 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

    This is wickedness. Plain and simple.

  9. Deola Adelakun

    June 23, 2017 at 10:55 am

    As in can’t YOU people read anymore. The chickens were destroyed because ”they were illegal and could be harmful to human health”. All you commentors above are focused on is M.O.N.E.Y. What about the lives whose health would potentially be endangered if they consumed this chicken. Can we for once in this country put lives above M.O.N.E.Y. Can we stop being so M.O.N.E.Y focused!! Chai!!!
    If people had died from consuming this harmful chicken, you these SAME people will be crying foul and asking why the government didn’t do more to protect lives. For once, let’s learn to place people above PROFITS.

    • Nuna

      June 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

      I agree with everythin you said. If they hadn;t seized and destroyed the chicken, thesame Nigerians here making the above statements will start screaming about how customs dont do their jobs.

    • Bridget

      June 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      I’m not entirely convinced they were harmful to human health….Isnt the govt’s main issue with it is that it was an illegal import. Especially as the destruction was led by NCS (customs) not NAFDAC. (food standards).

      What made it harmful to human health? what contaminated it? How are we sure this isn’t some undercover retaliatory action by some people in power…

      I agree with some posts above, if the issue was illegal importation it didnt need to be destroyed, there are several people that it could be distributed to.

      If the issue was that its harmful, please share what contaminated it.

  10. Mira

    June 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    What we should be scared of is the fact that these will still find its way to the market…. Pple I’ll go back and dig up d buried chicken

  11. Codecjay

    June 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm


    So they just destroyed somebody’s 8million naira plus all in the name of the chickens being harmful to human health.

    The real harmful products are left to enter the country if the owners can bribe the right person. Maybe the owner of this one failed to pay his/her dues.

    Ehya, I wonder how the owner will be feeling now. 8million is not 80 naira.

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