The Sokoto Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said it intercepted 465 packs of tramadol worth N5 million.
The Command’s Area Comptroller, Nasiru Ahmad, said the drugs were smuggled into the country from the neighbouring Niger Republic.
He said that they were concealed in two sacks which were intercepted along Illela road two weeks ago.
“These are dangerous drugs which are being abused by our youths, leading to increased crimes in our region,” Ahmad said.
He revealed that the recent killings in the northern part of the country, especially in Zamfara state were influenced by these kinds of drugs.
“This is the biggest challenge in Nigeria. Our youths are abusing drugs; this is of national concern because we owe them a duty to protect them against any harmful thing.
“We will continue tracking down drugs traffickers and other smugglers and ensure they are brought to book,” Ahmad said.
The command’s boss explained that each of the pack contained 10 sachets and each sachet was N1000.
The drugs were, however, handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for further action.