- Customs officers have arrested a five-man gang which specialises in breaking into containers
- A N1 million bribe given to the operatives to allow the theft was also turned down, and the money formed part of the exhibits
- The N1 million exhibit had been recovered from an officer who had been instructed to play along, in order to apprehend the suspects
A five-man gang which specialises in breaking into containers has been arrested by customs officers at Onne Port in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Speaking on Tuesday, August 6, the area controller in charge of the port, Galadima Saidu, disclosed that the container was broken and some drugs were packed into two vehicles, but were subsequently seized, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Saidu further disclosed that the N1 million bribe given to the operatives to allow the theft had been turned down, and the money formed part of the exhibits.
He said: “On July 30, at about 2240hrs, the command arrested some men who broke and opened a 1x 40 ft seized container comprising drugs warehoused and loaded into two vehicles - a Mercedes Benz Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with registration number: EPE 828 AR and a Toyota Camry with number plate EKY 159 BD.”
According to Saidu, 14 cartons of 50 packs per carton and 49 extra packs of Cols Time tablets were seized, in addition to four cartons of 22 packets per carton and 10 extra packets of Really Extra Analgesic and two cartons – (60 packets per carton) of Tramadol tablets.
The area controller said the five suspects and vehicles have been detained, and an interim committee has been set up to investigate the incident. He said the suspects would be arraigned soon.
He said the N1 million exhibit had been recovered from an officer who had been instructed to play along, in order to apprehend the suspects.
He said: “It is regrettable that while the Nigeria Customs Service is working round the clock to free this country of illicit goods, some recalcitrant and unpatriotic citizens are not relenting in their desperate efforts to sabotage our efforts by spreading harmful drugs.
“The Nigeria Customs is poised to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these perpetrators know no sleep as long as they refuse to give up.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service revealed that six containers of ‘poisonous’ Iranian tomato paste, branded as Shirin Asal my tomato paste, arrived Nigerian seaports for onward clearance into local markets.
An alarm was subsequently raised by the NCS concerning the products, and government agencies were urged to collaborate in order to ensure that they don’t get into Nigerian markets.
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