·Officers arrested, some containers have escaped, say sources
There are indications that not less than 30 containers of banned tramadol drugs have been intercepted at the Tin Can Island and Apapa Commands of the Nigeria Customs Service, even as a number of officers have reportedly been arrested in connection with the seizure and taken to Abuja
Shipping Position Daily learnt that a customs officer was reported to have been arrested at FOU Ikeja and he immediately spilled the beans on his colleagues involved in the drug trafficking racket, including a former controller.
The officer confessed to haven received a N100million bribe to allow the container escape from the port.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali is being expected in Lagos to give certificates to some public relations officers of Customs who participated in a training since Monday at the Customs Training College, Ikeja.
The CG is also expected to visit Apapa and Tin Can Island Port in connection with the arrested containers of tramadol.
When Shipping Position Daily contacted the Public Relations Officer of Apapa Customs Nkiruka Nwala, she confirmed that seizure of tramadol is a regular seizure at the command.
She told our correspondent that "We would communicate at the right time, arresting tramadol is everyday work, but you need Intel for you to talk to the press, that is what we do on everyday basis but the full details would be given out at the right time"
"I don't know your source, but we would communicate at the right time and that is all I can tell you, if we seize it, is it not to our credit? Everything is in process , at the right time, we would communicate with you" Nkiruka stated.
Also when they were contacted for information on the CG visit, the Tin Can Island command spokesman, Uche Ejesieme and the FOU Zone A Public Relations officer, Jerry Attah said they have not been in office due to the ongoing training in Ikeja.