Officers of the Nigerian Custom Service, operating in Kaduna and Katsina states, reportedly foiled an attempt to smuggle a truckload of dried bush meat suspected to be monkey meat into the country.
It was also reported that the Customs Officers destroyed the consignment.
Speaking when he led others to set the seized meat ablaze, Customs Comptroller of Federal Operations Unit (FOU, Zone B), Maina Tijjani Suleiman said the truck was intercepted on Thursday morning at the Katsina border.
Suleiman said the truck contained 351 bags of bush meat and that each of the bags weighed 100Kg, stressing that the seized meat may have come from Libya.
He insisted that the seizure was necessary in view of the current challenge of the dreaded Ebola disease, noting that had the meat made its way to Nigerian markets, “only God will tell the extent of damage it may cause.”
He warned importers of similar products to desist from doing such or face the full wrath of the law, assuring that the customs would not shirk from its responsibility of supporting the ongoing fight against Ebola.
“The driver abandoned the vehicle and ran away after he was chased by our men. But then, some hoodlums attempted to attack our men and it took the reinforcement of operatives before the truck was retrieved.”
In a speech, the Katsina State commissioner of health, Mannir Talba, who lauded operatives of Nigerian customs for the seizure, said it was the needed step in the collective resolve to prevent the spread of Ebola.