- Customs officials at the J.F.K Airport have seized 22 giant snails from a Ghanaian traveler
- The Ghanaian traveler also carried traditional medicines and prekese
- The US Immigration released him after he declared all his possession
A Ghanaian traveler to the United States of America is in the news for carrying along 22 giant snails.
These snails which remain a dangerous specie in the US was seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists. According to them, these animals cost the U.S. over 1 million dollars when it comes to their impact on the environment.
Checks by Customs officials also found other items as prekese, dried beef and other medicinal plants.
"Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are our nation's frontline defenders against invasive plant and animal pests that threaten our agricultural resources, and they face this complex and challenging mission with extraordinary commitment and vigilance," said Marty Raybon, Acting Director of Field Operations for CBP's New York Field Office.
Meanwhile, the Ghanaian traveler has been released as he declared his luggage. The snail plus all other items have also been seized at the J.F.K Airport.
In other stories.
Ghanaian military officer, General Henry Kwami Anyidoho, has been celebrated as Rwandans on April 7 marked the 26th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group.
During the grisly 1994 genocide in Rwanda, General Anyidoho led a Ghanaian contingent deployed to serve in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) under Canadian General Roméo Dallaire.
The escalation of the genocide in the East African nation called for the peacekeeping troops to be evacuated from the country.
General Anyidoho, however, was one of the few foreign peacekeeping troops who consciously refused to abandon Rwandans to their fate in defiance of the Security Council order to evacuate.
In a Facebook post, a former deputy editor for Focus on Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Ben Dostei Malor recalled that in 2014, during a speech in Accra, Rwandan President Paul Kagame paid tribute to the valour, humanity, and leadership of General Anyidoho and the valiant Ghanaian peacekeepers he commanded to stay on to save lives.
The illustrious son of Ghana, General Anyidoho, in his book, Guns over Kigali, acknowledges the role of teamwork in surviving the dark days during the genocide, according to the post by Ben Dotsei Malor.
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