Nigerian Customs impounds prohibited drugs worth over N110m

David Adekunle, Lagos.


Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command has confisticated smuggled drugs valued at N110,016, 524 at the Lagos port complex.

The command also collected a total revenue of over 31 million naira for the month of January 2018 which surpassed its 25 million naira collected in January 2017.

Customs Area Controller of the command, Jibrin Musa while briefing newsmen in Lagos, said the seizures were made following credible intelligence received from the Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU).

Comptroller Musa said the drugs were impounded on February 6, 2018 through the Credible Intelligence Unit CIU Apapa Command.

The Customs Controller explained that 3×40 foot container with numbers MRSU 3637149; MRKU 6196 and MRSU 3516384 imported by one Villa Gold Pharmacy from India.

According to him, said containers were examined and found to contain different pharmaceutical products/ Drugs which were controlled and regulated from importation into Nigeria.

Connection with seizures
“MRSU 3637149 contains 936 cartons of tramadol hydrochloride tablets (225mg) and 56 cartons of Collstop Chloropheniramine maleate capsules(4mg). MRKU 6196764 contains 368 cartons of tramadol capsules BP (120mg); 192 cartons of tramadol capsules (250mg) and 160 cartons of Dobumol Anagelsic

He said MRSU 6058282 was laden with 554 cartons of tramadol capsules BP (120mg) and 176 cartons of Col cap

Similarly, on February 7, 2018 another 1×40 container was found to contain 200 cartons of tramadol (225mg);330 cartons of Ibramol; chest and lungs tablets (15mg); 198 cartons of Col-caps capsule (4mg) and 453 cartons Rally Extra (50mg)

The customs chief said one person was arrested in connection with the seizures and has been granted administrative bail.

Musa while reiterating the command’s resolve to surpass last years feat added that the N5.1 billion increase above January 2017 collection is an indication of a better year for the command in terms of performance.

Comptroller Musa who said that the command’s revenue for 2018 as N426b with a monthly target of N35.5b noted that the command is committed to increasing all areas of revenue collection and block all leakages


Lateefah Ibrahim