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Nigeria Customs impounds 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

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that both the tramadol and cannabis were handed over to NAFDAC and the
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials in Benin.

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.

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

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 rice.

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

“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 contraband 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

“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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