The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, on Thursday disclosed the seizure of tramadol, used clothing and others with a Duty Paid Value of N223 million.
Area Controller of Apapa Command, the Nigeria Customs Service, Malanta Yusuf in a news conference in Lagos, noted that the tramadol was concealed with 1000 cartons of ceramic tiles.
“Barely three weeks after I assumed duty, I came in with strong determination, zeal, and commitment to ensure that the confidence and trust bestowed on me by the Controller General of Customs (CGC) was upheld and not abused.
“And so, acting on the manifest management system, we were able to track and intercept a container with No. SEGU 1793504 manifested as ceramic tiles.
“Upon 100 per cent physical examination to ascertain its true contents, it was found to contain 554 cartons of Tramadol capsules (120mg) concealed with 1000 cartons of ceramic tiles,” he said.
He added that with the support of his management team, they were able to make other interventions like 40 feet container loaded with sacks of mosquito coil products but declared as ground paper and packaging paper bag.
Yusuf listed others to include seven containers loaded with bales of used clothing and shoes and one container of unregistered pharmaceutical products (989 cartons of mixagrip tabs) wrongfully declared as Winches and gaskets.
He added that the DPV of the aforementioned seizures is N223,225,900.
He pointed out that the consignment was outrightly seized for breaching the provisions of sections 46, 47, and 161 of CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004 and provision of schedule 4(17) of the Common External Tariff.
He said that based on the foregoing, the command had launched a preliminary investigation with a view to identifying the consignees for arrest and possible prosecution in connection with this criminal and unlawful importation.
He assured members of the business community that the command would increase enlightenment, and robust stakeholders engagement for seamless operations with a view to educating the public on the harmful and destructive nature of this illegal importation.
“The command under my watch will not tolerate such kind of unlawful behavior from any importer or declarant,” he said