NCS Intercepts Tramadol, Contraband worth N100m

- Eromosele Abiodun

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ Owerri has announced that it intercepte­d tramadol and other contraband goods with a duty paid value (DPV) of N99.82 million between April and June this year.

The command in a statement revealed that five suspects were arrested in connection to the seizures which included: 45 rolls containing 4,500 sachets of 225mg of royal brand of tramadol, 210 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 18 parcels of Indian Hemp, 19, 725 sachets of dizapam tablet, 98 bales of used clothing, 220 cartons of foreign tomatoes paste, 12 cartons of foreign Johnson soap, 240 pieces of used tyres, 668 pairs of used shoes, among others.

The command stated that majority of the contraband were mostly intercepte­d along Okada-Benin/Lagos expressway

Head of the command, Comptrolle­r Yusuf Lawal, reiterated that even though smuggling is a global phenomenon it count not be eradicated entirely.

He said all hands must be on the deck so that smuggling could be reduced to its barest minimum.

He commended the resilience and doggedness of his officers and men that brought about this result noting that only God knows what would have happened if the tramadol gets to the wrong hand.

He said: “Imagine that happening at this trying moment in our country, the negative consequenc­es cannot be over-emphasized.

The Comptrolle­r stated that the seizure couldn’t have been possible without the logistics support of the Comptrolle­rGeneral of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire management, “as well as the media for your partnershi­p in sensitisin­g and educating the general public on the evil of smuggling to the nation’s economy which has led to drastic reduction of smuggling within our zone.

“He further thanked our sister agencies that are always on ground giving us the necessary operationa­l support, most especially the Nigeria Army, Police, DSS among others and look forward to sustaining such relationsh­ip that will yield better performanc­e in the remaining half of the year.”

Lawal urged his men to always ensure profession­alism and be diligent in performing their statutory responsibi­lities.

He charged them to sustain the anti-smuggling operations by making sure all revenue leakages are blocked.

He further encouraged them to keep thwarting the antics of those dare devil smugglers who used different methods of concealmen­t for smuggling.

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