The Customs Area Controller FOU Zone “A”, Comptroller Muhammed Aliyu ( M) showing a sample of intercepted drugs to the Director of Ports of the National Agency of Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Samson Adebayo in Lagos on Tuesday
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A ‘of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it intercepted cars, pangolin, rice and phamaceutical products valued at N1.25 billion in one week.
Its Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, said this in Lagos on Tuesday when he led newsmen to the warehouse where the intercepted products were kept.
According to him, the seized assorted cars are being detained pending the production of their documents.
“We have detained them. When you bring your proper documents, we will release them to the owners and if the documents are not genuine, we convert them to seizures.
“The unit intercepted six cars worth over N242 million at various border points and various car marts.
“The cars are: Toyota Tacoma worth N47.8 million, Lexus ES 350 at N16.5 million, Toyota Highlander worth N47.5 million and another Lexus ES RX 350L at N34 million.”
“Other vehicles are Toyota Hilux with Duty Paid value of N41.6 million and Toyota Highlander at N54.5 million.
“Others are 541 cartons of original chest and lung tablets, 211 cartons of Analgin Injection, 238 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac, 158 cartons of Double actions Labimol Diclogenac potassium capsules.
“We also intercepted 1,698 cartons of powerman tablets, 671 kg of pangolin scales and 5, 226 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice all with Duty Paid Value of N1.01 billion,” he said.
Aliyu said that the cars were seized in the bush based on intelligence reports.
He said that in most cases, officers concentrated on seizures and this was the reason the number of seizures were always higher than the number of suspects arrested along with the seizures.
Aliyu said that only drivers usually fell victim of the interception, saying that Customs was intensifying efforts at apprehending importers as well as agents along with the seizures.
“Last week we intercepted a lot of 50kg parboiled rice and this week again, we have also intercepted 5,226 bags of 50kg parboiled rice which were concealed in a cement truck.
Aliyu said that the command also intercepted pangolin scale for the first time in the unit.
Samson Adebayo, the Director of Ports Inspection of the National Agency for Foods and Drug Adminstration and Control (NAFDAC) said that the collaboration between the agency and Customs and other sister agencies made the seizures possible.
He said that the seizures were to safeguard the health of the nation.
Adebayo commended the Customs boss for the continuous collaboration with NAFDAC.
He promised that all the government agencies would continue to enlighten the public on the danger of consuming illicit drugs.
He urged Customs controllers to know the address of importers and agents to enable them go after them and prosecute them, saying that some of the importers usually produced fake office and home addresses.