Tincan Customs makes mind boggling seizures
.Intercepts 54 containers of rice, tramadol worth N2.7bn
.Rakes in N286.7bn
By Udeme Clement
“I commend officers and men of Tincan Island Port Command for a job well done. I am also aware of the Command’s contributions to the Service revenue collection drive. Statistics in my office shows that the Command collected over N286.7billion from January 2019 to date.”
These were the words of the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Ali Hameed, while addressing the press yesterday in Lagos, as he unveiled 54 containers of prohibited items seized by Tincan Command.
While taking reporters round the port premises where the seized containers were kept, the CGC explained, “As you can see here, we are showcasing the seizures made by Tincan Command. These include 33 containers of rice, one container of rice concealed with spare parts, 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products, two containers of used tyres, one container of used clothes and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs”.
CGC Ali went on, “One significant finding about this seizure is that the rice has expired, or about to expire.”
He pointed out, “Also remarkable is the seizure of tramadol variants and unregistered performance enhancing drugs among the pharmaceutical items.
“Recall that in the past, the Service has raised alarm and drew the attention of the public to the fact that most imported rice are expired.
“The Service has also in the past highlighted the dangers of the use of tramadol, has similarly seized and kick-started the destruction of over N14billion tramadol recently.”
The Customs boss frowned, “There is no doubt that those who imported these dangerous items do not wish us well. Imagine they had succeeded in getting the expired rice into the markets. They would re-bag the rice and change the expiring date for Nigerians to consume.
“The grave consequences of consuming this expired rice and the dreaded tramadol can only be imagined then experienced”.
He stressed, “For the avoidance of doubt, let me restate the resolve of Customs and other sister agencies to secure our land borders from such dangerous items”.
CGC Ali addressed news men in company of his management team from Abuja and other senior officers in Lagos. Other officers include ACG Kaycee Ekekezie, the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Tincan Command, Comptroller MBA Musa, the CAC of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, Deputy Comptroller of Enforcement, Tincan Command, DC Dera Nnadi and the Service National Public Relations Officer, DC Joseph Attah.