Operatives of the Federal Operating Unit, FOU, of the Nigeria Customs Service, NSC, on Monday evening shut the warehouses of the two ground handling companies in the Nigerian aviation industry over stolen donkey skins from Kenya.
The companies, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO, Plc and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd, SAHCOL, remained locked as at the time of filling this report.
A source close to the Customs at the airport said the Service took the decisive step following a tip-off that some Chinese were using the Nigerian Customs agents to export the contraband to their home country.
The source explained that investigation by the Service indicated that the seaports and airports to illegally carry Kenyan treasures to their country.
The source added that so far, two Chinese had been arrested in connection with the seized items. It was gathered that the seized donkey skins were in large quantities. It was further gathered that the Chinese had brought the items into the Nigeria from Kenya, but needed some Nigerians freight forwarder to finally help them in shipping them to their country.
When National Mirror visited the two warehouses yesterday, the export warehouses remained under lock and key while the import warehouses were open.
It was gathered that the Kenyan government has consistently complained that about the stealing of its items by foreign nationals.
Spokesman for SAHCOL, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, confirmed the development to our correspondent on the phone. Agboarumi said the officials were from FOU who had come to sample some items at the warehouse.