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Customs intercepts N5bn illicit drugs in Lagos

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 21 contraband drugs valued at over N5 billion.

The National Public Relations Officer (NPRO) of NCS, Assist. Comptroller Joseph Attah, disclosed this when he conducted newsmen round a warehouse where the trucks of the intercepted items were parked at the Ikeja Training College of the service in Lagos on Friday.

Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs Strike Force in Zone ‘A’ made the haul,

According to him, the smugglers believe that festive period is a time of merriment and less vigilance, “but our officers intercepted the illicit drugs as the smugglers attempted to move it from Lagos to other parts of the country’’.

“On Aug. 13, at about 2 a.m, operatives of the Headquarters Strike Force Zone A intercepted a truck laden with dreaded codeine, tramadol and other controlled pain killers along Maryland, Ikeja road.

“The intercepted trailer contains illicit drugs and was immediately brought to the attention of the team leader of the force, Assist. Comptroller of Customs Usman Yahya, who deepened preliminary investigation that led to the discovery of a warehouse along Oshodi-Mile 2 road.

“The warehouse was stocked with tramadol, codeine and other unregistered pharmaceutical products without the National Agency for Foods Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) number,” Attah said.

He said the warehouse was immediately sealed with a detachment of well armed officers to guard the place.

Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had already directed a thorough investigation with a view to bringing all those connected to the drugs to justice.

He said that evaluation of those intercepted drugs had commenced, adding that a suspect who happened to be the truck driver was apprehended and in custody for judicial process.

“While investigations go on, the service sees the feat by headquarters strike force as another breakthrough. The ongoing crack down on smugglers especially those who wanted to make money at the expense of human lives.
“You will recall that in July, the NCS in collaboration with NAFDAC commenced destruction of over N14 billion worth of seized illicit drugs,’’ said Attah.
He, however, urged well meaning Nigerians to support the service on this patriotic reaction by giving them adequate information that would help in stopping the circulation and consumption of illicit drugs in the society.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the drugs like Rrbodre 50mg, Sildenatil citrate tablets 150mg hyergra, Rebozol 5mg, Original chest and lung tablets, Zebedol, Barcadin with Codeine 100ml, CSK with Codeine and others were among the intercepted drugs.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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