Customs seize 640 cartons of unregistered pharmaceutical drugs worth N529m


The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Area ‘C’ (FOUC), intercepted unregistered pharmaceuticals including tramadol and other contraband goods with a duty paid value of 529,056 456 million naira between January 1 and February 28, 2022.

According to a statement signed Thursday by the unit’s spokesman, Jerry Attah, FOU C Controller Mr. Ali Ibrahim said this while presenting the seized items to Owerri on Thursday.

Ibrahim added that six suspects were arrested during the reporting period, adding that they were released on administrative bail.

He also said that 640 cartons of unregistered pharmaceuticals worth N192 million, transported in a DAF heavy truck and a J5 transit bus were intercepted along the Okada/Benin axis.

He added that 1,650 bales of used clothes worth N165 million were intercepted along the Umuikaa/Aba road while 181 50 kg bags of foreign parboiled rice worth over N7, 2 million naira were intercepted along the Akwa-Ibom/Calabar axis.

In addition, 2,239 used tires worth N4.5 million and 36,000 liters of smuggled petroleum products concealed in polythene bags, worth N3.6 million, were intercepted.


Also, eight exotic vehicles without relevant customs documents including three Toyota Hilux models from 2017, 2020 and 2021; a 2016 Land Cruiser Prado model; a 2014 Toyota Highlander model and a 2016 Toyota Venza model among others.

He thanked Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his leadership team for their unwavering support and motivation while sympathizing with the families and loved ones of four officers who died in service.

According to him, the Service works in synergy with other security agencies to ensure the continued safety of its officers and men.

“We thank the leadership of the Nigeria Customs Service led by our Comptroller General without whom these remarkable achievements would not have been possible.

“I also commend our officers and men for their patriotic commitment to duty, even in the face of unprovoked attacks, and sympathize with the families and loved ones of our officers who have paid the supreme price; May their souls rest in peace.

“Similarly, I urge all economic saboteurs to turn a new page in their illegal activities, as we are more determined to ensure the tireless implementation of government fiscal policy in our coverage areas without any deterrence,” he said. he declared.

He, however, called on traditional and religious leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians to advise their followers to refrain from attacking security personnel, in the interest of peace and progress.

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