The Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, Kaduna of the Nigeria Customs service has impounded a trailer load of smoked meat suspected to be monkey imported into the country through the Jibia border in Katsina state.
This is coming on the heels of a directive by the Comptroller - General of Customs, Dr. Abdullahi Dikko Inde to all area commands and units to be 'at red alert' so as to avoid the spread of the deadly virus across the country.
According to the officer in charge of the team that made the seizure, Assistant Comptroller, Gambo Azare, the driver of the trailer conveying the killer meat took to his heels, abandoning the vehicle when it ran into a ditch after a hot chase by the customs.
He further said that when the consignment was intercepted, officials of National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) were contacted and they advised that the seized meat be destroyed within 24 hours.
Monkey also referred to as bush meat is suspected to be one of the major sources of the virus which has caused the death of some Nigerians.
It was gathered that the Nigeria Customs Service and other government agencies have intensified the surveillance since the outbreak of the Ebola virus especially when report broke out that many countries in West Africa were closing their borders to infected areas.
The meat was destroyed under the supervision of the Comptroller, Federal Operations, Zone B of the service, ATS Maina and the deputy governor of Katsina State who was represented by the Commissioner for Health.
CAC Maina said that Ebola is a global pandemic which requires intensive surveillance of the nation’s borders to curtail the influx of foreigners and aliens particularly from countries where the outbreak is severe.
He assured that the Customs will intensify surveillance at the borders for the safety of the citizenry and appealed to the people particularly border communities to assist the Customs with useful information to track down unpatriotic persons willing to disobey the law.