Customs seizes N199m codeine syrup in Lagos

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The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’,  Lagos has impounded an Iveco truck carrying 498 cartons of Codeine Cough Syrup of 100 milligrams worth N199.2 million.

The consignment, according to the Controller, FOU, Zone A, Lagos, Mohammed Uba, was manufactured in the United Kingdom and had 200 bottles in each carton.

Uba said the truck was intercepted along the Ijebu Ode-Ore road last week while two suspects had been arrested and detained in connection to the seizure.

He said, “You will recall that the Federal Government banned any importation of cough syrup that contains codeine.

“The drugs and suspects will be handed over to NAFDAC for further investigation and possible prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“The fight against drug abuse and illicit drugs is a collective effort and if all hands are on deck, we will make our nation a drug free society.”

For the month of July, the Unit revealed that it had detained 21 vehicles with duty paid value of N484,458,778.

Some were intercepted along the Ijebu Ode expressway while 10 were evacuated from Oluwalogbon Motors at 164 Awolowo Way in Ikeja “based on credible information,” Uba said.

Among the seizures were 9,504 bags of 50 kilogramme foreign parboiled rice, 436 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 333 cartons of frozen poultry products, and 287 bales of used clothing.

The agency said ten suspects had been arrested in connection to the seizures.