Comptroller Abba-Kura talks tough, seizes 133 containers of fake pharmaceutical products
*Rakes in over N518b for FG
(By Udeme Clement):
Apparently, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), of Apapa Customs Command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, is giving importers of fake pharmaceutical products a tough time, as he seized 133 containers of pharmaceutical products imported into the country without NAFDAC registration number.
Addressing reporters in Lagos, Comptroller Abba-Kura expressed displeasure on the fact that the unregistered pharmaceutical items were falsely declared by the importers, in a deliberate attempt to escape security checks at the seaports.
Speaking further the CAC pointed out, “Among the seizures recorded by Apapa Command in 2020 were 133 containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals.
” These include tramadol tablets, 58 containers of foreign rice, 30 containers of vegetable oil, 31 containers of used clothes and shoes; as well as 13 containers of used tyres, among other items.”
More so, giving explanation on why pharmaceuticals topped the list of seizures made last year, he informed, “We discovered that most importers of these pharmaceutical items always want to evade inspection by NAFDAC, or other health agencies saddled with the responsibility of regulating such products.
“As such, they falsely declared the contents of their cargoes. Notwithstanding, our officers caught them in the act and subsequently impounded these containers of pharmaceutical items.
“So, during examination, we found out that these pharmaceutical products don’t have manufactured and expiring dates, while some are not even certified by NAFDAC, which is the reason the importers falsely declared them.
“In all, the Command made seizures of 318 cargoes with Duty Paid Value (DPV), of over N21.1billion from January to December of 2020, which is far greater than 112 seizures with DPV of N12.5billion recorded the same period in 2019.”
In the same vein, Comptroller Abba-Kura and his team made impressive performance in revenue collection for the Federal Government, with a whopping sum of over N518billion realised during the period under review.
The amount generated shows an increase of 22.3 percent, when compared to N423.6billionn generated the previous year.