Tramadol, Codeine Laden Container ‘Disappears’ From Lagos Terminal Lands In Market





A container fully laden with thousand of banned substance, tramadol and Codeine syrups, enroute a yet to be identified bonded terminal in Lagos has ‘disappeared’ on transit and founded itself into Lagos market.


Speaking to BUSINESSINSIDERNG, the Coordinator, comptroller-general, Strike Force Unit, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Muhammed Yusuf, said the container with banned drug were said to contain cutting machine but upon examination, contained banned substance.


He said, “The truck was going to a bonded terminal and gotten to the market. It was through investigation we checked their movement. This guys are dubious and mean, the container was tracked from India, Mumbai, and came into Nigeria and we are tracking it and eventually it was suppose to come through a bonded warehouse but it found it’s way into the market and when we are coming they did everything possible to get my boys and upon investigation and physical investigation, we learnt it was tramadol, codeine syrup and Viagra in large quantity and they told us it’s is cutting machine.”


However, he said, the contraband seized in the last two months worth N6.64billion.


According to him, the unit seized 4000 bags of foreign rice worth over 7 trucks; 1,030 slabs of donkey skin; 387kg of cannabis sativa; 1,613 cartons of Codeine cough syrup (100ml per bottle) and 132 cartons of

200mg Sildenafil Citrate.


Others are 40 cartons of Tramadol, 5 cartons of Chilly Cutter; 1,080 pairs of ladies shoes; 110 cartons of ladies bags; 115 cartons

of ladies gel among other items.


He said, “You may recall that the federal government through the ministry of health, banned the production and importation of Codeine because of its gross abuse. The use and abuse of drugs is responsible for the

substantial cause of different social vices and criminalities in society. This

is witnessed in the pervasive outburst of insecurity.


“The quest to smuggle foreign parboiled rice into the country has been on the increase, despite desperate efforts by the federal government to encourage local production. The attending effects of smuggling foreign

rice into the country include, but not limited to increase in the rate of

unemployment, draining of the nation’s foreign exchange, health hazards among others. To this end, 4000 bags of foreign parboiled rice which was an equivalent of about 7 truck loads were intercepted in the months under review.”


Giving a breakdown of the seizures, Yusuf said, “a breakdown of the seizures made within the period of 8 weeks are; 1,030 slabs of donkey skin; 387kg of cannabis sativa, 285 bales of used clothes; 1,613 cartons of Codeine cough syrup (100ml per bottle); 132 cartons of 200mg Sildenafil Citrate; 40 cartons of Tramadol; 5 cartons of Chilly

Cutter; 1,080 pairs of ladies shoes; 110 cartons of ladies bags; 115 cartons

of ladies gel among other items, worth N6.64billion.”


He, however, disclosed that since smugglers are unrelenting, the unit has intensified patrols across the South-West Zone to ensure contrabands and other unwholesome goods are not allowed into the country.


“Our resolve to step up on the fight against smuggling and enemies of the

economy is renewed every day, since smugglers are unrelenting, we won’t allow them have their way through whichever means they choose.


“Our 24 hour patrol using the logistics support provided by the Comptroller-General, has yielded more results in addition to the seizures we showed you two months ago. I am, however, sending a strong message of warning once again to all those contravening Customs laws and federal government fiscal

policies that our readiness against their illegalities is sharpened with renewed vigor.”




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