The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A Intercepted
7,557,400 tablets of tramadol worth N3,774,600,000, about 17 trailer loads of 50kg foreign parboiled rice and other contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N4,590,312,335 in its continued onslaught against smugglers in January, 2022.
The FOU A said while the tramadol tablets and other expired pharmaceutical drugs were seized based on intelligence at Monkey Village, Kirikiri axis of Lagos State, other contraband goods were interdicted at various locations across the country that falls under the unit’s jurisdiction. A Dangote Cement truck used as means of rice conveyance and concealment was also among the seizures made.
Acting Controller of the unit, Deputy Comptroller HK Ejibunu who made this known during a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters revealed that the Unit also recovered revenue to the tune of 192,010,155.73 within the period
The breakdown of seizures made are; foreign parboiled rice: 9,675 bags at 50kg each; 297 bags at 25kg each; 30 bags at 10kg each; 403 bags at 5kg each; 240 bags at 1kg each; 3,173 cartons of Basmati Rice at 5kg each (about a trailer load) and 1,076 kegs at 25litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Others include: 195 bales of used clothes (two trailers); 51 parcels (39.5kg) Indian hemp; 68 sacks of used clothes; 2,535 pieces used tyres; 17 units of used vehicles; about one truck of frozen poultry products; 199 bales of 600 yards of Ankara (one container); 448 cartons and 12 tins of tomato paste (one container); 206 used compressor; 7,557,400 tablets of Tramadol at 225mg each; 7 units used motorcycles; 21 bales of new bed sheet and 57 units used plasma TV with a total DPV of 4,590,312,335.
The expired drugs are; 476 cartons of ShakaPain tablets, 104 cartons and 37 sacks of Hiegra (Men stimulant) tablets.
Ag. Controller Ejibunu disclosed that a total of 23 Suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seizures; out of which five have been granted administrative bail, while 18 are still in custody.
According to him, the unit will not condone attacks on its officers in the line of duty or rest on its oars in its fight against economic saboteurs.
He said: “While many travelled to enjoy the yuletide season, our operatives were out there in the field to prevent illicit items from being smuggled into the country. From 23rd December, 2021 till date, a lot more have been seized.
“We must give glory to God Almighty for the year gone by. Despite the ups and downs, the Unit waxed on positively in the fight against smuggling as witnessed by you all. It is only regrettable that we lost 4 gallant officers in the line of duty that same year. If there is anything the Unit will not condone, it is to lose any of
our officers to smugglers this year.
“New approach and tactics strictly to our chest
will be deployed this time around. Smugglers are by this warned to stay away.
“We cannot but justify the confidence reposed on the Unit and the untiring support of the CGC and his Management. We are equally well equipped with relevant Sections of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 as amended to perform our legitimate duties without fear or favour.
“Some of such provisions are; Section 158-Power to patrol freely, Section 11- Power to arrest and prosecute anyone seen to obstruct officers from performing their duties, Section 46 – Power to seize, Section 147 – Power to enter any premises without search warrant and many more”.
Ag. Controller Ejibunu thanked the media for its support in helping the unit actualise its mandate with the unbiased reportage of its activities.
“We will continue to solicit your support and that of the general public in the area
of intelligence gathering so that we can jointly nib crime in the bud and out of
our society”, he added.