Customs seizes N458m fake Viagra drugs, rice in Ogun, Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, has intercepted seized 1,239 cartons of fake viagra sexual enhancement drugs worth N409million. The unit also seized 1, 200 pieces of compressed Indian hemp worth N12million and smuggled foreign parboiled rice worth N36.4million along the border from smugglers. The Customs Area Controller of the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, said that the contraband were intercepted on the highway.

He noted that the truck drivers abandoned their trucks and fled, saying that the service was trailing the importer. Aliyu also explained that 2,751 bags of rice worth N36.4million and 147 pieces of used tyres worth N1.02million were intercepted by the unit. The comptroller stressed: “This week, we arrested 5,226 bags of 50kilogramme of parboiled rice in a week. A truck carried 600bags and we still have others at the warehouse.

“The duty paid value of interceptions were N458million and we will not relent our effort until smuggling is suppressed to the barest minimum in the South West. You can see, I told you the last time that smuggling will be suppressed because my officers are on their trail. Anywhere they hide, we shall get to them.” Last week, the unit intercepted contraband such as vehicles, pharmaceuticals and foreign parboiled rice worth N1.2billion from smugglers.

The seizures include six vehicles namely, Toyota Tacoma, 2 Lexus ES350, 2 Toyota Highlander and Toyota Hilux with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N242million. 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.

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