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Customs officers in trouble over 30 containers of Tramadol



Customs officers in trouble over 30 containers of Tramadol

Some officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been arrested in connection with 30 containers of banned Tramadol illegally released from the Lagos and Tincan Island ports. But some of the containers were intercepted after leaving the two ports to their various destinations. Already, those who were arrested by the Service have been taken to the Abuja Head office of NCS for interrogation.

It was gathered that trouble started when an officer from the Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone A was allegedly arrested in connection with the deal. However, a source said that the officer was forced to mention names of other colleagues involved, having realised the gravity of punishment he would face.

The source also alleged that the embattled officials had collected millions of naira before releasing the containers to the importers, who smuggled the banned product to the country. Contacted, the spokesman of NCS, Tincan Island command, Uche Ejesieme, said that he was on capacity building training. He added that he was not on ground and had no clue about the seizures. Also, the spokesman of FOU, Zone A in Lagos, Jerry Attah, declined comment, saying that our correspondent should contact the Customs Tincan Island and Apapa commands spokes persons for confirmation. Since the beginning of the year, New Telegraph gathered that NCS had seized codeine and Tramadol valued at N2.76 billion from smugglers. Data gathered from the service in Lagos revealed that the drugs, mainly codeine, Tramadol and Indian hemp were falsely declared by importers and smuggled from India and other Asian countries to the country. For instance, last August, NCS impounded 2,748 cartons of codeine, 95 cartons of Chaka pain xtra and 1,610 kilogrammes of Indian hemp valued at N1.4 billion in Lagos.

The service also impounded codeine syrup valued at N199.2 million packed in 498 cartons, containing 200 bottles each from an Iveco truck with registration number LAM283 LG in July. Also in May this year, no fewer than 5,066 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride (225 milligrammes) with duty paid value of N242.68 million imported from India, China and some other Asian countries were seized from smugglers.

The service also recorded 1,555 kilogrammes of India hemp worth N74.40 million last April. Similarly in February, the Apapa Area Command of the Service impounded four 40-feet containers loaded with prohibited pharmaceutical products with duty paid value of over N110 million. Items in the containers include: 936 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride tablet (225MG) and 56 cartons of Collstop Chlorpheniramine Maleate Capsules (4MG) in a container marked MRSU 3637149. Another container with registration number MRKU 6196764 was stacked with 368 cartons of Tramadol capsules BP (120MG), 192 cartons of Tramadol capsules (250mg) and 160 cartons of Dobumol Analgesic. Also, container No, MRSU 3516384 contained 554 cartons of Tramadol capsules BP (120mg), 176 cartons of Col-cap, while the fourth container No MRKU 6058282 contained 200 cartons of Tramadol (225mg), 330 cartons of Ibramol, 198 cartons Col- Caps (4mg) and 453 cartons of Rally Extral (50mg).

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