by Lekan Olanrewaju
In a blow to lovers of fried (or generally any type of cooked) poultry, and what will come as a victory for the most likely small percentage of vegetarians in Nigeria, the Nigerian Customs Service has announced the seizure of 13 trucks of frozen chicken within the Cross River and Akwa Ibom States Area Command.
Hassan Mundu, the Comptroller of the Nigerian Customs for the Free Port Zone, Cross River and Akwa-Ibom States Command, said that the seized products were worth over N200 million. He also went on to say that some of the contraband had already been destroyed in Calabar.
Alhaji Mundu, who conducted newsmen round the dump site at Lemna Road, Ikot Effanga, Calabar, said the seizure was facilitated by a combined team of National Agency for Food, Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC); State Security Services, officials of the Cross River State Ministry of Health and Environment, and representatives of the Nigeria Police Force.
He revealed that more than 13 trucks of poultry products had been impounded by his command since March last year, and attributed the delay in destroying the products to rigorous investigations carried out by his Command.