Seized Donkey Meat And Skins by the Kebbi state command of Nigeria Customs Service
The Kebbi Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated over 98 million naira in the month of May.
The Area Controller Dr. Ben Oramalugu stated this while handing over seized donkey meat and skins to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS).
The Controller explained that, the 414 sacks of donkey meat and skins seized by the Command were part of the process of seizure which started from Maje border, and ended in Kamba axis in May.
He stated that the amount exceeded the Command’s monthly revenue target.
Dr Oramalugo noted that, Customs were empowered to detain, seize and condemn any item on several grounds as enshrined in Section 167 of CEMA Cap C45 LFN 2004, if they are smuggled into the country or imported without payment of duty, irrespective of whether the items are allowed to be imported or outright contraband.
“As for the skins, Schedule 6 of export prohibition list includes raw hide/Skin including wet blue and unprocessed leather as prohibited for export under serial No 3. And in the same vein, Serial No 7 also mentioned wild life animal classified as endangered species and their product (like lizard, elephant, crocodile etc).”
The Assistant Comptroller General of Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in charge of North West Zone, Adamu Isah Ganó, while appreciating the Command, also noted that, international trade on such animals declared as endangered species, strictly regulated, adding that a trader must possess CITES certificate, certificate of exportation or importation as the case may be by the country’s environmental authority.
He stated that, in the case of donkeys, the slaughter of donkeys for their products are strictly prohibited by the extant law of Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service and appreciated Nigeria Customs Service for its laudable interventions to stop the illicit trade.
Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur, editing by Daniel Adejo