The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone “C” Owerri, Imo State, has intercepted and seized a truck conveying over 90 pairs of military camouflage uniform, 97 pieces of camouflage jungle hats; 202 pieces of military camouflage round neck vests; 40
pieces of military camouflage jungle boot, 20 pieces of military camouflage singlets; 10 pieces of military camouflage water bags and two rolls of plain khaki materials.
Other smuggled items seized alongside the mentioned items were seven cartons of 402 pack of hydrochloride Royal Tramadol containing 10x10x10 tablets’ four cartons of 60 packs tramadol injection; three cartons of 140 packs of CSP with codeine cough syrup; 100 packs of Made in India Diazepans, two cartons of 231 packs of Juhel D5 tablets; one carton of 100 packs of Pankizol; 10 cartons of new flipchart board and 51 cartons of lion school chalk among others.
This was made known by the Comptroller, FOU Zone “C”, Kayode Olusemire, while briefing newsmen in Owerri, the capital of Imo State. He explained that the filled –to-the-brim 20-feet truck was intercepted along Onitsha axis in Anambra State.
According to him, the seizure was a product of a new paradigm shift put in place by the Customs authorities to contain the rampant and unpatriotic culture of smuggling of contraband goods into the country by some unpatriotic elements.
The exhibits, according to him, were craftily hidden behind the last items in the truck as a clever strategy to beat Customs’ checkpoints on the roads.
The Comptroller stressed that eagled eyed Customs men on duty impounded the truck conveying the illegal items on the Onitsha head bridge following a tip-off.
“The military uniforms and other military items were loaded in Onitsha but we do not know the country from where they were smuggled into Nigeria.”
Olusemire, who decried the persistent upsurge of smuggling in the country despite obvious severe penalties for culprits, said that men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) are now better trained, equipped,
motivated and mobilised to deal with those trapped in the nefarious business of smuggling.
He regretted that the nation’s economy has continued to suffer a set back as a result of the activities of smugglers and their agents and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians with useful information to make such information available to Customs men and other security agencies for necessary agencies.
The Customs Comptroller noted that the operatives of the unit worked till 3am to ensure that the illegal consignment concealed with household items were offloaded.
“The smugglers carefully concealed the illegal consignment with household goods to beat the eagle-eye operatives of the unit. Little did they know their plan would hit the rocks”, Olusemire said.
He stated that tramadol, codeine, Juhel D5 are dangerous drugs to human system adding that was the rationale behind banning them in Nigeria.
The Comptroller however, regretted that youths usually abuse the drugs, which often lead them to heinous crimes and criminalities. He wondered why smugglers would smuggle military camouflage into the country, asking, “Is there any war going on in Nigeria?
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