No one knows if it was the poisonous or not.

But the Nigerian Customs Service has seized a container filled with frozen tilapia fish.

The fish is said to have a retail value of 22.1 million Naira. It was imported from Turkey.

The Apapa Area Command Area Controller, Comptroller Muhammad Jibrin, disclosed this on Monday when he led newsmen to APM Terminals, Apapa, where the container was seized.

Jibrin said that the container No: DFOU6122880, was discovered during scanning.

He said that the importer made a false declaration that the container was laden with apples.

“Upon scanning, officers discovered the container was containing 2,700 cartons of frozen tilapia fish from Turkey.

“The aforementioned fish species is under restriction.

“More so, importers of allowable species of fish are expected to obtain license, and permit before such importation into the country.

“We have scanners that are working but most of the scanners are inadequate for operations,’’ Jibrin said.

He said told the newsmen that the command had started talking with Agriculture and Plant Quarantine Service and the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to see how they can collaborate to deal with such imports.

Jibrin said that the command had zero tolerance for smuggling and false declaration in line with the policy of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali.

He said that the command would continue to uncover and stop any attempt at breaching the law as regards imports and exports transactions through the command.

 “It has become necessary for the Federal Government through the FMARD to address the Nigerian public on the sale of smuggled unhealthy frozen fish, especially farmed tilapia, in Nigeria.

“These smuggled frozen fish are very harmful to the health of Nigerians,” he said.