Apapa Customs Intercepts 40x40FT Containers Of Tramadol Worth N7b

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Col Hameed Ali displaying a brand of the seized Tramadol
…Seize 2 Helicopter

…Arrest 3 Suspects.

Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Area Command  on Thursday said it intercepted 40X40 feet containers laden with tramadol and other pharmaceutical products worth N7.318billion .The Comptroller General of Customs,   Col Hameed Ali (rtd) who  disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos,said that  three suspects have been apprehended  in connection with the seizures.

He pointed out that “In their desperation, importers of these items offered bribes to the tune of N150 million to my officers to effect the release of just one container with promises of even bigger sums to follow in the event that their first attempt succeeds.
Some of the seized Tramadol

The CGC said “It is indeed worrisome to note that there are Nigerians who are ready to make money at the expense of human lives by bringing in such quantity of drugs that have grave consequences on health and national security  

Displaying the N150m brown rejected by Officers and men of Nigeria customs services
He also disclosed that the command also intercepted two aircrafts laden in two separate containers at the Lagos ports complex. He said one of the helicopter was falsely declared as 388bags of cashew nuts loaded in forty feet containers. 

The Comptroller General noted that the helicopter with registration number SN-BLI was intended for export while the container with  number PONU7789246 violates section 36 of the CEMA, cap C45,LFN 2004.

One of the seized aircraft


Ali said  the second  aircraft,  Cessna 182A imported from the United State of America, laden in a container  with number MRKU 4457663 was intercepted by officers and men of the  Apapa command, for failure to meet all necessary requirements and documentation for customs clearance processes and procedures. 
He maintained that the aircraft which was declared through Single Goods Declaration number C130308 of 09/10/2018 ,has no end user certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser or obtained approval from the Civic Aviation Authority (NCAA). 


He noted that the owners of the helicopters failed to  present such relevant documents adding that investigations are ongoing to fish out those behind the aircrafts.

The 3 suspects arrested

Ali stressed that the seizures of dangerous drugs and aircrafts demonstrated the  service crucial contributions to national economic and security well being. 


He added that the rejection of N150million bribe, presents a picture of a reformed agency of government whose operatives are increasingly putting national security interest above selves.

 

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