Customs intercepts N7.4 billion worth of tramadol

Customs intercepts N7.4 billion worth of tramadol

- Illegal importation of tramadol into Nigeria from India has been on the rise in recent times

- The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted N7.4 billion worth of tramadol imported from the Asian country

- Three people have been apprehended in connection with the illegal importation

Barely a week after N300 million worth of tramadol was impounded by the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted N7.4 billion worth of tramadol.

Daily Trust reports that the drugs which were concealed in 40 containers, were intercepted by customs at the Apapa port, Lagos.

Legit.ng gathers that the intercepted drugs came from India. Three people have been apprehended in connection with the illegal importation.

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In a previous report by Legit.ng, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said 23 40-feet containers suspected to contain tramadol from India were blocked from entering into the country.

A statement by the NAFDAC director general, Moji Adeyeye, stated that this followed a joint examinations of containers at the Apapa port, Lagos.

She said the inspection was coordinated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on November 14, and November 15, 2018.

Adeyeye said that the 23 containers were part of the 86 under the agency’s watch list since November 2017.

She noted that the blockage was an outcome of previous communications with the comptroller general of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in September 2018.

Adeyeye said: “The 23 of the 40ft containers examined so far were loaded with tramadol of various strengths from 120mg to 250mg. Tramadol and other unregistered pharmaceutical products are known to be injurious to the health of the public, most importantly our youth."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme command in Badagry, said it destroyed expired and seized medicaments in its warehouse with a Duty Paid Value (DVP) of N102.4 million.

The command’s spokesperson, Saidu Abdullahi, made the disclosure in a statement released in Lagos on Wednesday, June 20.

Abdullahi said the destruction was supervised by the director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, and the area controller, Mohammed Aliyu.

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