Customs seizes N178m banned drugs, N250m contraband in Imo



The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) in Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted consignments of medicament including the banned Tramadol, with a duty paid value (DPV) of N178,209,310.

Other unregistered drugs were also impounded.

Contraband impounded across the zone in March included foreign rice, used shoes, machine spare parts with a DPV of N112,617,700.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of FOU in Zone C (Owerri), Comptroller Mohammed Garba, displayed the consignments during a media briefing.

He said the unit recovered N48,742,845, being the underpayments within the time under review.

Garba said NCS remained resolute in protecting the wellbeing of Nigeria through its statutory duties.

The Customs chief said the unit made 17 seizures comprising various contraband with DPV of N112,617,700 in March.

He said the unit, during its anti-smuggling operations in March, also intercepted and detained a huge consignment of medicament estimated at N178,209,310 in duty paid value.

This brought the duty paid value for seizures and goods in its custody in March to N250,951,010.

Giving a further breakdown, the Comptroller said the unit recorded 2,455 bags of rice with DPV of N77,558,800; 1,266 foot wear with DPV of N6,076,800; 307 used tyres with DPV of N3,789,600; 100 bags of used shoes with DPV of N8,100,000; 40 bales of used clothing with DPV of N5,280,000 and three vehicles with DPV of N4,050,000.

On the medicament intercepted in the Agbor axis of the zone, Garba said they included 268 cartons of Tramadol, 202 cartons of Pullegra, 36 cartons of Reall Octra and 928 packets of Tramadol.

The Customs chief said a sample of the various medicament had been sent to the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for tests and verification while the consignment was being detained for further investigations.

He said, “The nefarious activities of smugglers endanger the health and safety of Nigerians, affect the economy and even pose a threat to national security.”    

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