…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.
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
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.
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.
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.