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Customs Harvests Hard Drugs Valued Over N1.5 Billion

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Sacks of Indian Hemp Concealed in a Truck. Intercepted by FOU Operatives along Lagos -Ogun State road.
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone “A” Ikeja, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted different brands of hard drug valued over N1 Billion.
The drugs, which include Codeine Syrup,  Tramadol Capsules,Pangolin and Indian Hemp were said to have been intercepted in different parts of Lagos and Ogun State within two weeks.
Making the disclosure Wednesday at press briefing, Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba hinted that the Codeine Cough Syrup alone is  valued at One Billion, One Hundred and Seventy Five Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira only (1,175,200,000.00).
He explained that the substance was concealed in  2,748 cartons of 100mg (100 per carton) and 95 cartons of Chaka pain Xtra.
Uba added that the drug was being conveyed in  one MAN Diesel Truck with registration number XB 286 BEN, intercepted along Afromedia Estate by Egbeda Junction beside Alaba International.
According to him, this is the second time in a row the unit is intercepting such substance since the Federal Government placed a ban on its importation.
Informing that no suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure, the Comptroller said
the driver of the truck abandoned the it and fled on sighting the operatives.
On the Pangolin, Uba said  the substance, packed in 21 sacks, weighing 1,031kg and 4 pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29.35kg were evacuated from a shop located in Tejosho market in Victoria Island based on information by the Warehouse Operations team led by AC Mutalib Sule.
 Speaking further, he said the occupant of the shop,  who is still at large, fled on sighting the operatives, adding that investigation is already ongoing towards getting the culprit arrested for prosecution.
Describing it as an endangered species, the Comptroller said they  have a DPV of Two Hundred and Fifty Three Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand, Fifty Six Naira, Seven Kobo (253,566,056.7).
On the Indian Hemp,Uba said they were packaged in 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels, weighing 1,610kg, conceaIed concealed with baskets of Fresh Tomatoes, pepper and vegetables in order to beat the security intelligence of the operatives.
He informed that the substance was discovered in a Ford Transit Bus with Engine no. XL32452L intercepted along Olorunda axis of Ogun State.
His words, ” Notably among the seizures was the interception of one MAN Diesel Truck with registration number XB 286 BEN along Afromedia Estate by Egbeda Junction beside Alaba International carrying 2,748 cartons of DSP Codeine Cough Syrup 100mg (100 per carton) and 95 cartons of Chaka pain Xtra based on information.
 This is the second time in a row the unit is intercepting this substance since the Federal Government banned the importation of cough syrup that contains codeine. The substance is valued at One Billion, One Hundred and Seventy Five Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira only (1,175,200,000.00). The driver of the truck on sighting our officers abandoned the truck and fled.
Also, 49 cartons of tramadol capsules 100mg were evacuated from warehouse in Ajao Estate based on information. The drugs will be handed over to NAFDAC for further investigation.
 Similarly and more remarkably among the seizure was the evacuation of 21 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1,031kg and 4 pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29.35kg from a shop located in Tejosho market in Victoria Island based on information by the Warehouse Operations team led by AC Mutalib Sule. The Occupant of the shop fled and still at large but investigation is already ongoing towards getting the culprit arrested and prosecuted. The seized endangered species have a DPV of Two Hundred and Fifty Three Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand, Fifty Six Naira, Seven Kobo (253,566,056.7). You will recall that the Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Usman Jibril accompanied by the CITES Delegates from UN visited the Unit, inspected the previous seizure of such endangered species this year and even commended us for a job well done.
 The trade on such endangered species is globally prohibited, hence the need for us all to fight against such illegality so that such endangered species do not go into extinction.
Also within the weeks under review, the unit intercepted one Ford Transit Bus with Engine no. XL32452L along Olorunda axis of Ogun State based conveying 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp weighing 1, 610 kg concealed with baskets of Fresh Tomatoes, pepper and vegetables.
According to the out going FOU Comptroller, all the seized substance will be handed over to NDLEA for further investigation.

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