TheKebbi Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service, has given over 94 sacks seized donkey skins to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service.
According to a Friday statement, Nasiru Manga (Public Relations Officer) stated that each sack contained 30 pieces from the animal skin, making total 2,820 pieces. The duty-paid value of the donkey skin was N48,130m.
He stated that the command had seized contraband from the Bahindi- Dogon Rimi waterside, Bagudo Local Government Area.
According to the statement, “On Thursday June 2, 2022 at approximately 0400hrs, on the basis of credible intelligence regarding smuggling activity around Bahindi- Dogon Rimi Waterside, in the Bagudo Local Government Area,” the rapid response team from the command quickly rushed to the scene. The patrol team saw a large covered mound of loads close to the river bank. The covered mound contained sacks of donkey skins, carefully placed and waiting for a boat to allow them to smuggle out of the country. They were removed from the site and taken to Birnin Kebbi, our headquarters. Physical examination revealed that the items were in 94 jumbo bags, with 30 pieces each. This totals to 2820 donkey skins. The item is valued at N48 130,642.00
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He stated that donkey skins are covered by Schedule 6 of the Common External Tariff (2022-2026), which prohibits their export.
Therefore, he stated that he intended to smuggle it out. Contravenes Section63(b) of CEMACAP C. 45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (as amended).
He said, “This level affairsofnaija.com that has resulted in the killing of 2,820 donkeys cannot be tolerated.” Donkeys will be extinct if this continues. Nigeria is a signatory of the Multilateral Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species Flora and Fauna, which makes it illegal to trade on donkey skins.