Saturday, 29 July 2017

Customs intercepts imported snakes in Calabar

140 species of snake carefully packed in three consignments have been intercepted in Calabar by the Nigerian Customs. The three containers also contains 160 other animals such as geckos, millipedes, hairy frogs and spiders. The animals are said to be worth about N6.9 million.
The creatures were conveyed via Cameroonian vessel, MV Flesh, through the Calabar waterways to the National Inland Waterways Authority jetty in Calabar, Cross River State.
Mrs Nanbyen Burromvyat, Customs Area Comptroller Calabar Free Trade Zone said the consignment were prohibited under Schedule 3 of the Revised Import Prohibition List (Trade) in the Common External Tariff.
She also added that the animals were Lagos-bound. 

“These containers have animals of different sizes. They were brought in on July 24, 2017, through this Calabar waterway. The consignment was spotted by our vigilant officers and they contain live animals.
“There is no provision for permit to bring them in. We are seizing them and handing the containers over to the Nigerian Quarantine Services for further necessary action.
“I do not know what they want to do with it, but I think it will be dangerous for us because it contains snake, spiders, geckos and other creatures. We have enough snakes around Nigeria already and it will be suspicious importing this. I do not know what to think because I do not know what they can be used for.”

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