Tincan Customs intercepts 13 containers of tramadol, soap worth N3.1bn
.Tincan CAC calls for collaborative effort to tackle influx of hard drugs
B y Udeme Clement
It was another mind boggling seizure, as Tincan Island Port Command of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, unveiled 13 containers of Tramadol and bleaching soap, with Duty Paid Valid, DPV, of over N3.1 billion at the Port in Lagos.
Addressing newsmen on the new operational strategies by Tincan Command, which brought about the seizure, the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali, who was represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General, DCG Austin Chidi displayed the prohibited items in the open.
He explained, “The seizures include 11 x 40ft and 2 x 20ft containers loaded with Tramadol, Ciprofloxacin Capsules, Diclofenac Sodium Tablets, Soffeathe I.V Cannula, Sildencfil Citrate Tablets, bleaching soaps and bales of used clothing”.
The DGC disclosed, “Majority of the consignments were imported from China. Also, our officers arrested two suspects in connection with the seized items. The culprits would be made to face the wrath of the law, to serve as deterrent for others”.
He warned, “We are using this medium to warn importers to desist from bringing in illicit drugs, as such illicit trade affects the health of the youths, influencing them into criminal acts”.
Responding to questions from Journalists, he pointed out, “Importation of such items was in violation of the absolute prohibition list of CET 2015-2019. The harmful bleaching soap and second-hand clothing were seized in line with the provisions of Customs and Excise Management Act, CEMA, CAP C45 LFN 2004 Section 46 and 161”.
Chidi stressed, “You would better imagine the devastating effect on our youths, if these quantities of unwholesome drugs had found their way into the market unchecked. Not only would it lead to increased insecurity but would also impact negatively on the health of our people.
“Considering the global trend of insecurity that could be attributed to desperation of importers/exporters circumventing the process by bringing in unwholesome items, the Tincan Island Command has re-jigged its operational methodology to deal with the trend.
“Some of the seized items have been handed over to National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for thorough investigation.”
He enthused, “Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the Customs Area Controller, CAC , of Tincan Command, Comptroller Musa and indeed all officers of the Command for their deep sense of commitment, which is evident in the revenue and seizure records’.
In his remarks, the CAC condemned influx of Tramadol and other addictive drugs to the country, calling for collaborative efforts to tackle the menace.
His words, “The issue of Tramadol is endemic. The youths including females are the target. We must work together to tackle the menace. We need continuous effort to enlighten the public on the dangers of such addictive drugs to health”.