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Customs intercepts N5b worth of Tramadol, other illicit drugs in Lagos

Customs intercepts N5b worth of Tramadol, other illicit drugs in Lagos
Customs intercepts N5b worth of Tramadol, other illicit drugs in Lagos

The Nigerian Customs has reportedly intercepted a truck-load of some banned drug, Tramadol and other illicit drugs said to be worth N5 billion in Lagos.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Customs Service, Joseph Attah, while speaking on the huge Tramadol bust, said they caught the smugglers unawares as the criminals had believed that festive period was a time of merriment and less vigilance, “but our officers intercepted the illicit drugs as the smugglers attempted to move it from Lagos to other parts of the country’’.

“On August 13th 2019, at about 2 a.m, operatives of the Headquarters Strike Force Zone A intercepted a truck laden with dreaded codeine, tramadol and other controlled pain killers along Maryland, Ikeja road.

The team leader of the force, Assist. Comptroller of Customs Usman Yahya deepened preliminary investigation that led to the discovery of a warehouse along Oshodi-Mile 2 road.

The warehouse was stocked with tramadol, codeine and other unregistered pharmaceutical products without the National Agency for Foods Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) number,” Attah said.

Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had already directed a thorough investigation with a view to bringing all those connected to the drugs to justice.

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