– The NCS has tightened security at border posts to prevent the importation of COVID-19 infected frozen chicken into the country
– The customs headquarters has directed all zonal and area commands to ensure that the frozen chicken is not smuggled into Nigeria
– The directive to all commands was reportedly contained in a circular
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has tightened security at all airports and border posts to prevent the importation of COVID-19 infected frozen chicken from China and Ecuador into the country.
According to the Leadership newspaper, the customs headquarters has directed all zonal and area commands to ensure that the frozen chicken is not smuggled into Nigeria.
The directive to the commands was reportedly contained in a circular dated September 9, 2020, and signed by the acting deputy comptroller in charge of enforcement, IT Magaji.
The Daily Sun which also carried the report stated that the circular cited the detection of coronavirus in frozen chicken wings and shrimps from Brazil and Ecuador by the Chinese authorities.
“You are reminded that importation of Live or Dead Birds including frozen poultry; HS Code Code 0105: 100-0105.99. 0106.31.00.00010639.00.00, 0207:26.00.00 and 0210:99.00.00 through land border, airport and seaport are absolutely prohibited,” the circular read in part.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed any expectation that Nigeria’s land borders would be reopened anytime soon.
Buhari urged Nigerians to consume what is produced locally because his administration is not ready to reopen the land borders now, The Guardian reported.
According to The Guardian, the president made the statement in Kebbi state during a tour to access the level of damage done by floods.
In other news, following the resumption of international flights, the federal government has threatened to deal with travellers that fail to conduct the mandatory COVID-19 PCR test.
Implications for not following the travel protocols include six-month passport suspension for Nigerians and visa cancellation for foreigners.
The Nation reported that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 national coordinator, Sani Aliyu, made this known on Monday, September 14, at a briefing.
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