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The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command, has confiscated
a 40-ft container loaded with Tilapia Fish from Turkey.
Tellforceblog: Photos: Nigeria Customs seized 40ft container of fish worth N22milloin for false declaration

Speaking with the newsmen in Lagos, Jibrin Musa, the Customs
Area Controller of the Command, revealed that the importer professed that the
content of the container was apples but scanning showed it to be 2700 cartons
of banned frozen fish.
He told reporters that, aside the crime of false
declaration, the import also breached the law as it failed the condition for
license and quota expected for importers of acceptable fish species into
Nigeria.
He said ” As part of
our collective resolve to ensure strict compliance with government import
prohibition rule, we recently uncovered an attempt to smuggle tilapia fish into
the country. In a bid to evade detection and arrest, the importer made a false
declaration that that the 1x40ft container was laden with apples”

”Upon scanning, we
discovered this to be untrue as the container contained 2700 cartons of tilapia
frozen fish from Turkey,the aforementioned fish species is under
restriction.More so,importers of allowable species of fish are expected to
obtain license and permit and necessary quota before such 
importation into the
country.

” Consequent upon
this false declaration, Nigeria Customs Service Apapa hereby declare this
container with number DFOU6122880 seized while investigation is ongoing to
bring all the accomplices to book. The duty paid value (DPV) is about
N22,193,384.00 ”
While parading a suspect before journalists, Jibrin said,
investigations are ongoing on the issue and adding that his commission has commenced
communication with related agencies like National Agency for Food Drug
Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine
Service (NAQS) on the consignment.
Jibrin ruled out the option of destroying the seized fish and
noted that the command will wait for directive from the headquarters for the
next step of action.

He also warned culprits of unlawful import and export
practices in Apapa to cease from it as the long arms of the law will always get
them.
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