The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A ‘of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted various contrabands valued to the tune of N1.25 billion in one week.
The unit Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, made this known on Tuesday at the unit office while leading newsmen round the seized items.
The seized items according to the Comptroller are, six cars worth over N242 million seized at various border points and various car marts, pangolin, rice and phamaceutical products.
Aliyu who disclosed that the seized assorted cars are being detained pending the production of their documents, said the unit is ready to release them to the owners if proper documents are tender and if the documents are not genuine, they will be converted to seizures.
Giving the vivid breakdown of the seized items, the command boss said “The cars are: Toyota Tacoma worth N47.8 million, Lexus ES 350 at N16.5 million, Toyota Highlander worth N47.5 million and another Lexus ES RX 350L at N34 million.”
“Other vehicles are Toyota Hilux with Duty Paid value of N41.6 million and Toyota Highlander at N54.5 million.
“Others are 541 cartons of original chest and lung tablets, 211 cartons of Analgin Injection, 238 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac, 158 cartons of Double actions Labimol Diclogenac potassium capsules.
“We also intercepted 1,698 cartons of powerman tablets, 671 kg of pangolin scales and 5, 226 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice all with Duty Paid Value of N1.01 billion,” he said.
He added that the cars were seized in the bush based on intelligence reports, most cases, according to his words officers concentrated on seizures which was why number of seizures are always higher than the number of suspects arrested along with the seizures.
He said that only drivers usually fell victim of the interception, saying that Customs was intensifying efforts at apprehending importers as well as agents along with the seizures.
He also disclosed that last week the command intercepted a lot of 50kg parboiled rice and this week again, they have also intercepted 5,226 bags of 50kg parboiled rice which were concealed in a cement truck.
Also speaking, the Director of Ports
Inspection of the National Agency for Foods and Drug Adminstration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr Samson Adebayo, said that the collaboration between the agency and Customs and other sister agencies made the seizures possible as they were to safeguard the health of the nation.
He commend the Customs boss for the continuous collaboration with NAFDAC and emphasis that all the government agencies would continue to enlighten the public on the danger of consuming illicit drugs.
He added that Powerman is a kind of a drug for sexual enhancement for men, but unfortunately this drug is not registered, it is 150 milligrams and anybody using it can get cardiac arrest.
He said that reports of men dying as a result of having sexual intercourse, which he said, might be due to some taking sexual enhancement drugs.
“We need to tell the public that they should desist from taking such drugs that are not registered because of the inherent danger.“This can lead to outright heart failure which will result to death,” Adebayo said.
He urged Customs controllers to know the address of importers and agents to enable them go after them and prosecute them, saying that some of the importers usually produced fake office and home addresses.
He however pleaded with the general public to know the danger of what they consumed, saying that illicit drugs could hinder good health.