The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) strengthened security at all airports and border posts to put a stop to the importation of COVID-19 infected frozen chicken from China and Ecuador into the country.
According to the Leadership newspaper, the customs headquarters ordered all zonal and area commands to guarantee frozen chicken not sneak in into Nigeria.
The directive to the commands 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.