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Nigeria Customs confiscates 870 cartons of Tramadol, other goods worth N379.29m



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Owerri says it seized Tramadol and other goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N379.29 million between March and June.

The Comptroller Ahmed Azarewa, made this known on Thursday when he briefed newsmen on activities of the unit in the zone.

Azarewa said that the items seized included illicit drugs, bags of rice, used tyres, second hand clothing, and vehicles of different makes confiscated along the Benin- Owerri –Port Harcourt axis.

Giving further breakdown of the items, the comptroller said that the service confiscated a Mack Truck with 582 cartons of Tramadol, and 258
cartons of Tygracildenafil with a DPA of N21.462 million.

According to him, the Unit also confiscated a MAN Diesel Truck with 98 cartons of Ibamol drug (50 packs per carton), 22 cartons of 200mg
Tramadol, 15 cartons of 225 mg Tramadol and 250 mg (50 packs) of Tramadol worth N11.862 million.

“The NCS also seized an unmarked Mercedes Benz truck with 327 bags of Cannabis Sativa valued at N11.445 million.’’

Both the tramadol and cannabis were handed over to NAFDAC and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials in Benin.
Other items confiscated by the service include a Lexus ES 350 car, 2007 model valued at N3.318 million, a Mercedes Benz G 500 Bullet
Proof, 2001 model with DPV of N60.750 million, Toyota Hilux , 2016 model valued at N18.09 million and Toyota Prado 2015 model with DPV of
N23.402 million.

Also confiscated are a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2014 Model worth N33.145 million, Mercedez Benz GLE 350 with DPV of N25.199 million,
Brand new Toyota Land Cruiser 2018 with DPV of N37.999 million and
Mercedez Benz C350 worth N4.955 million.

Other vehicles impounded include a Toyota Highlander 2013 model worth
N13.388 million, Toyota Highlander 2009 Model with DPV of N4.957
million and a Mercedes Benz Truck with 230 cartons of 22kg imported

The comptroller said that the unit’s patrol also seized six bales of
used clothes worth N10.270 million and other items.

He said that the seized items were mostly concealed in between other
items like electronics, gas cylinders, and door handles, while others
were seized as a result of wrong declaration.

“If you refuse to pay what you are supposed to pay as duty to customs,
you are a smuggler,” Azarewa said and enjoined the media to help the
service disseminate information on the dangers of smuggling.

Azarewa said that handing over the drugs to NAFDAC and NDLEA was to
rid the nation of illegal drugs to ensure the safety of Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians to ensure they engaged in legal business, pay
correct duties on imported items and save the country from unnecessary
capital flight.

According to him, some Nigerians are still desperate in importing rice
and other contrabands and advised them to desist from the act.

Receiving the drugs, Mrs Esther Itua, the Edo State Coordinator of
NAFDAC, commended Customs for the seizure, saying that the illegal use
of tramadol was responsible for certain ailments and eventual death of
the user.

She said that the use of tramadol had remained a cause of concern to
the nation and NAFDAC, adding that the strength of the confiscated
drugs was far above the maximum dose always recommended.

“This tramadol is an overdose and is also not registered with NAFDAC,” she said.

In his remarks, Mr Adewale Emayo, the Principal Staff Officer,
Operations and Investigation of the NDLEA, thanked Customs for handing
over the drugs.

He said that the drugs would be taken to their headquarters for destruction.

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