June 19, 2024

Customs: FOU Zone B Uncover Slaughterhouse of Endangered Speci

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Customs: FOU Zone B Uncover Slaughterhouse of Endangered Species

…Comptroller Shuabu Vows to Destroy Syndicate

By Ebenezer William

 

Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu hosted journalists on 5th June 2024 briefing them on the activities of the Federal Operations Unit Zone B.

During the briefing, the Controller itemised all that has happened ranging from revenues, sezures and challenges of the Nigeria Customs with a resolve to fixing them.

Excerpts:
“Members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, you are welcome to another media briefing to intimate you with the anti-smuggling exploits of the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna”.

“You may recall that during our recent briefing on May 21, 2024, we declared our resolve not to allow illegal trading in endangered wildlife species and other smuggling activities to thrive in the Zone”

“Between that time and today which is barely two weeks, our operatives have upped the ante in the combat against smuggling of protected species and successfully intercepted a consignment of Pangolin scale and its derivatives within the Kebbi state axis of the Zone”.

“Acting on actionable intelligence the operatives storm a hideout known as (slaughterhouse) in the suburbs of Zuru Town in Kebbi State on Friday, May 24 2024 at about 1600hrs. The team discovered and evacuated sacks of pangolin scales which were transported to the HQ of FOU Zone ‘B’ in Kaduna”.
After careful examination and counting, the pangolin scales weighed 445.45kg.

“Let me once again explain that the pangolin species is one of the endangered species that is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)”
“It is instructive that Nigeria is a signatory to the CITES Convention and all forms of trading in this species are illegal.
The Nigeria Customs Service will continue to partner with CITES to forestall the identified species from going into extinction”.

“The value of this seizure at the International market is Three Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifty-Five Million, Five Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand Naira (#3,955,596,000.00) only”.

“One (1) Suspect was arrested in connection with this seizure while the main suspect is currently at large. However, the Unit in collaboration with other sister agencies will not rest on its oars until the main suspect is arrested and brought to book”.

“The offence contravene Section 55 (1) paragraph C and I of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Act 2023”.

“The success of this operation lies in robust intelligence sharing between the NCS and Wildlife Office and the resilience by operatives of the Unit to leverage and utilize the coordinates given to them to make this arrest”.
We wish to put it on record that the success of the operation is unique in that it was casualty-free.

“From empirical evidence, we make bold to say that those involved in the illegal trafficking of endangered species are hiding under it to launder money used in procuring drugs, arms and other illegal merchandise. You can imagine the havoc this may have caused if it had escaped the eagle eyes of our operatives”.

Comptroller Shuaibu then called on the general public to continue to cooperate and stand with the NCS in its fight against smuggling stating that the work must be done together to salvage Nigeria and actualize the dream of its founding fathers.

He reiterated the resolve of the Unit to continue to enforce the Federal Government policies in line with International best practices, no matter the campaign of calumny against the Service.

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