The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) seized 51 containers load of banned substance, Tramadol from Lagos ports in one week. The 51 containers had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N10.43 billion.
While 40 containers were seized from the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, another 10 were intercepted by the Tin Can Island command of the Service and one container intercepted by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja last week.
But the comptroller-general of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had told journalists in Lagos on Friday that 10 of the 40ft containers contained Tramadol, Ciprofloxacin capsules, Diclofenac Sodium tablets, Soffeathe, IV Cannula, Sidenfil Citrate tablets; one 40ft container had bleaching soaps, and two other containers of second-hand clothes.
Ali was represented by the deputy comptroller-general in charge of enforcement, Mr Austin Chidi, however expressed worry over increasing importation of Tramadol into the country.
“It is pertinent to note that two of the containers had earlier been handed over to National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on October 11 and October 20. A container of Tramadol was also handed over to National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the November 2.“The Service wishes to reiterate its concern for the health and security of Nigerians and would better imagine the devastating effect on the lives of our youths if this quantity of unwholesome drugs had found their way into the markets. Such goods could not only lead to increased insecurity but will impact negative on health of our youths.
“We want to re-assure the nation that Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) will not renege on its mandate irrespective of its circumstances,” Ali said.