Customs Impounds Chisco Buses Over Alleged Smuggling Of Illicit Drugs

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Two buses owned by Chisco Nigeria Limited, a popular transport company have been impounded by operatives of  Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for allegedly being used to smuggle illicit drug.

Acting Customs Area Controller of the Command, Dalha Cheidi Wada, told newsmen at a briefing that the buses were discovered to have carried commercial quantity of amphetamine syrup.

Aside breaching policy on partial border closure, which prohibits imports and exports in and out of Nigeria, Wada said the drugs were without National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) registration number.

Wada said the buses had 13 and 29 cartons with a cumulative value of about N6,000,000 in addition to 422,500mg of tramadol.

The Controller said such volume of prohibited drugs, if allowed to come into the country can cause harm to the people and capable of destroying lives of many youths due to reported widespread abuse.

He said: “Officers and men of Seme Command are not unaware of these desperate groups of unpatriotic citizens. Therefore, we have resolved never to lose guard in watching them day and night leading to arrest and seizures of 235 contraband with total duty paid value of N91,162,942.

Other seizures Wada showed to journalists include 1113 bags of 50kg rice; 24,710 litres of premium motor spirit; 188 cartons of frozen poultry products; 105 textile materials; 22 vehicles; 84 sacks of used clothing, ladies handbags and shoes.

They include 30 sacks and a carton of soap; 35 cartons of choco drink; 51 pieces of motorcycle spare parts, 28 jerrycans of vegetable oil;25 sacks of hides and skin.

Also seized are 10 sacks of melon (egusi); 89 cartons of magarine, 2 sacks of stockfish, 12 packs of peanuts and 23 bundles of corrugated papers.

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