Nigeria Customs intercepts container loaded with 554 cartons of Tramadol

Comptroller Yusuf, Customs Area Controller, Apapa Customs Command

The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Command, Lagos has disclosed that it intercepted a container No. 1793504 manifested as ceramic tiles but found to contain 554 cartons of Tramadol capsules (120mg) concealed with 1000 cartons of ceramic tiles.

The command also intercepted one 40ft container loaded with sacks of mosquito coil products but declared as Ground paper and packaging paper bag; seven containers loaded with bales of used clothing and shoes and one container of an unregistered pharmaceutical product (989 cartons of Mixagrip tabs) wrongfully declared as Winches and gaskets.

This development was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller of the command Comptroller MI Yusuf in a chat with the media in Lagos during the week.

Comptroller Yusuf who assumed office over three weeks ago attributed the success to the support of his management team, saying that the command’s anti-smuggling architecture has been redesigned to suppress smuggling to the barest minimum.

“Acting on Manifest Management system, we were able to track and intercept a container No. 1793504 manifested as ceramic tiles. Upon 100% 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.

“Furthermore, with the support of my Management team we are able to make the following intervention: one 40ft container loaded with sacks of mosquito coil products but declared as Ground paper and packaging paper bag; seven containers loaded with bales of used clothing and shoes and one container of an unregistered pharmaceutical product (989 cartons of Mixagrip tabs) wrongfully declared as winches and gaskets.

“At this point, it is noteworthy to state that the consignments are out rightly 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. Based on the foregoing, the Command has launched a preliminary investigation with a view to identifying the consignees for arrest and possible prosecution in connection with this criminal and unlawful importation.

“The Total Duty Paid Value of the aforementioned seizures stood at two hundred and twenty-three million, two hundred and twenty-five thousand, nine hundred Naira (N223,225,900.00),” said the Controller.

He assured members of the business community that the command would increase sensitization, enlightenment and robust stakeholders’ engagement for seamless operations, with a view to educate the public on the harmful and destructive nature of these illegal importations. “This Command under my watch will not tolerate such kind of unlawful behavior from any importer or declarant,” Yusuf declared.

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