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Apapa Customs Command intercepts container bearing cartons of tramadol concealed in food flasks

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Area Command, has intercepted a 20ft container bearing 55 cartons of tramadol.

Briefing the Press on Thursday, the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Malanta Yusuf, said that though the consignment was declared as home cooking appliances, they were discovered to be tramadol, upon physical examination.

“On 21 July 2022, acting on credible intelligence, our officers at the APM Terminals successfully intercepted a 1x20ft container with No SUDU-7538656 manifested as 272 cartons of stainless steel hotpot.

“it was captured/declared as cooking appliances  measuring/checking instrument and furnace burners, to evade arrest.

“The said container was positioned, opened and jointly examined with relevant agencies and found to contain 55 cartons of tramadol concealed in food flasks. Each carton of tramadol contains 50 rolls, each roll contains 10 packs, and each pack contains 10 sachets, “Compt. Yusuf said.

He explained that the container was impounded in line with the provisions of Sections 46&47 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP 45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The CAC used the opportunity to call on all stakeholders in the supply chain to abide by the extant rules, as the Command would not relent in its operations against importation of illicit drugs.

His words: “I would like to use this medium to advice importers /agents to acquaint themselves with import/export prohibition guidelines to safeguard the nation’s economy and security.”

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