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Seme Customs Seizes 62 African Parrots, One Hawk


Sep 27, 2023

The Seme Customs Command has apprehended a shipment containing 62 African parrots and one endangered Hawk.

The seizure was disclosed during Comptroller TM Bomodi’s inaugural press conference at the Seme border.

Bomodi revealed that the 63 African birds were being illicitly transported out of the country, condemning this unlawful activity perpetrated by certain members of society.

He emphasized that such trafficking in endangered wildlife goes against the principles of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international agreement to which Nigeria is a committed signatory.

Also, Comptroller Bomodi disclosed that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the confiscated African birds amounted to N6,859,930 while highlighting that the birds belong to a rare species and could fetch a price more than five times their current value if smuggled out of Nigeria.

According to him, “On the 25th of September at about 0400hrs, Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command while on patrol along Seme-Badagry Expressway, acting on credible intelligence intercepted a luxurious bus enroute from Kaduna to Benin Republic.”

“Upon search of the bus, Fifty-One (51) live Green parrots, Five (5) live African Grey Parrots, Five (5) dead Green Parrots, One (1) dead African Grey Parrot, and One (1) live Hawk in iron nets and a Paper Box were discovered. Six (6) of these birds have died due to the trauma of transporting them in this condition.”

He revealed that two suspects had been apprehended in relation to the confiscated items.

The head of Seme Customs strongly advised individuals engaged in this illicit trade to avoid using the Lagos-Abidjan corridor, warning that they would continue to suffer significant losses if they persisted.

The confiscated African birds were entrusted to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) Seme command.

He added that the National Park Service would be notified of the seizure since it falls under their purview to rehabilitate and safeguard the birds from further harm.

Following the reception of the seized African birds, Sanusi Magashi, the controller of NAQS Seme Command, commended the Seme Customs command for their actions and praised the NCS management for their dedication to inter-agency cooperation.

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