Tincan Customs hands over container of drugs declares as spare parts
. Says inter-agency synergy is key to economic growth
By Udeme Clement
The Tincan Island Port Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has handed over a 40ft container with registration number MRKU 519445/3 containing cartons of Spectradol (Tramadol) Capsules of various milligrams, Spectra-Doxycycline Capsules of various milligrams as well as Jinart Tablets to National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control ( NAFDAC), in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration. Also, other drugs seized and handed over to NAFDAC by the Command include Clarinthromycin tablets of 500 milligrams and Jincold-Extra Strength Capsules of different milligrams.
This is coming just few days after the same Command intercepted
and handed over two 40ft containers of pharmaceutical items smuggled into the country, but falsely declared as vehicles, cartons of cosmetics and computer accessories to officials of NAFDAC..
Speaking while handing over the items in Lagos, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Tincan, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, expressed displeasure on illegal influx of pharmaceutical products into the country and the negative effect of such drugs on Nigerian Youths.
The CAC frowned at the new trend, lamenting that Nigerian Youths consume these hard drugs illegally at alarming proportion. “Some youths consume them to the extent where they commit despicable acts with negative consequences on their health and the Nation at large. The Service has reiterated its desire to continue to build on existing inter-agency synergy with relevant regulatory agencies, to ensure that illicit and uncustomed goods are intercepted at the Ports, for the good of the Nation’s economy”, he added.
Comptroller Bashar listed the number of seizures recorded by the Command recently to include arms, cars, drugs and others. He frowned on such illicit business, emphasizing that an importer who declared pharmaceutical products as imported vehicles and computer accessories, has no good intention for Nigeria and the citizens.
He stressed: “It is not just about money but the health and well-being of the people. Every Nigerian should care about the life of others and not about revenue nor trade facilitation, but about the good of Nigeria and Nigerians. So this must stop!”
Bashar expressed utmost confidence in officials of Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), whom he said would carry out the investigation to a logical conclusion, in order to bring the erring Importers to book. He also noted that the Service would not allow unpatriotic importers and agents to use Tincan Island Port as a dumping ground for offensive items.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Chairman, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Commander, Tincan Island Port, MR. NSE JACK commended the Customs Area Controller for his consistent commitment to the concept of inter-agency collaboration over time.
JACK however called on other Commands to emulate the good works of Comptroller Bashar for the overall benefit of the Nation.