The Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday intercepted three consignments containing 140 species of snakes and 660 other animals imported into Nigeria from Cameroon.
Dangerous reptiles including snakes, geckos, millipedes, hairy frogs and spiders were found in three crates imported to Nigeria through NIWA Jetty Calabar. The containers were said to have been brought Cameroon.
”The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Custom Services intercepted the three crates containing different species of the animals illegally imported into the Country from Cameroon at the NIWA Jetty Calabar,” a source told DAILY POST.
According to the source, the three crates as recorded in the sea freight contain snakes, geckos, millipedes, hairy frogs and spiders and regretted that due to the risk, the crates cannot be opened and wondered what such dangerous reptiles could be used for.
Receiving the crates, the officer in charge of the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine services Calabar, Mr Ukut Sunday assured that the crates would be tested and evaluated while investigation will be carried out to determine the motive behind the illegal act.
One of the suspects and a Cameroonian, Julius Noveganne claimed he did not know the content of the crates, as he was merely asked to bring them to Calabar from where the owner who resides in Lagos will claim them.
Handing over the crates to the Nigeria Agriculture Quarantine Service Calabar, the State Area Command Comptroller of Customs Services, Mrs Burromuyat Patience Nanby explained that the items were prohibited under schedule three of the revised import in the Common External Tariff.