The Port Harcourt 2 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Onne has rejected a bribe of one million naira and arrested five people in connection with the seizure of illegally imported consignment of tramadol at the port.
Customs Area Controller, Port Harcourt 2 Area Command, Comptroller Galadima Saidu, said on Tuesday that his men thwarted attempts to ferry the drug out of the port after the container that it was imported in, was broken into after it had been seized by officials.
He said the command’s officers also rejected a bribe of one million to release the drug consignment.
He said, “On July 30, 2019 at about 2240hrs, the command arrested some men who broke and opened a 1x40ft seized container comprising of drugs constructively warehoused and loaded same into two vehicles – Mercedes Benz Jeep with registration number: EPE 828 AR (M/Benz) and Toyota Camry with registration number EKY159BD.”
He said full investigation has commenced into the incident.
“It is regrettable to note that while the Nigeria Customs Service is working round the clock to free this country of illicit goods, some recalcitrant and unpatriotic citizens are not relenting in their desperate urge to sabotage our efforts by spreading harmful drugs.
“The Nigeria Customs is poised to leaving no stone unturned at ensuring that these perpetrators know no sleep as long as they refuse to give up,” Comptroller Saidu said.