…Nabs two Suspects for Codeine Import
As the hunting down of smugglers in the Western States of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo States and its environs by Operatives of Federal Operations Officers of
the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) zone ‘A’ continues, the Unit has again recorded another major feat in five weeks.
Briefing Newsmen, the Unit’s Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Uba said from June 13th to July 24th 2018, a total of 143 seizures amounting to N1,120,714,338.12 worth of goods was recorded in an intensified operational modalities.
Of a particular interest in the intercepted goods was a truck carrying 498 cartons of CSP Codeine Cough Syrup of 100ml with each cartons containing 200 bottles. The value of the drugs was put at N199,200,000 , two suspects were also nabbed in connection to the illegal import.
Other seized items includes 21 exotic cars, 9,504 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 436 Jerry Cans of Vegetable oil, 333 Cartons of frozen poultry products, 287 bales of used clothing and 198 pieces of used tyres, among others.
The Unit also recovered N67, 375, 070, .05 revenue to the government within the period.
Conducting journalists round the seizures, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba said while some of the items were intercepted along Ijebu Ode expressway, in Ogun state, some of the cars under detention by the Unit were evacuated from Oluwalogbon Motors in Ikeja, Lagos based on credible information for lack of Customs papers .
He added that ten suspects were arrested in connection with all the seizures saying some had been released on administrative bails, while the rest were still held up in the service detention facility.
Uba mention that the Officers and Men of the Command intercepted an Iveco Truck with registration number LAM 283 LG along Ijebu Ode Road carrying 498 cartons of CSP Codeine Cough Syrup 100 ml with each carton containing 200 bottles.
He further stated that the substance and the suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for further investigation and prosecution in court of competent jurisdiction.
He said, “Also, two containers were seized while 1/40 container with no PCIU922650/8 was seized for carrying 525 bales of second hand clothing as against used motorcycles declared in the SGD,.
“Another forty foot container with number PCIU871664/5 was seized for carrying eleven jumbo bales of Jeans, 365 cartons of new Slippers and 145 cartons of new bags as against Adhesive Dressing declared.
“Within the period under review, we have also recovered N67,375,670. 5 with 10 suspects arrested in connection with these 143 seizures,” he stated.
Uba however called on Nigerians to support the Customs efforts in fighting smuggling for the betterment of our economy.