Customs Intercepts Codeine Syrup Valued N200 Million, Nabs 2 Suspects

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Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone "A" Ikeja Lagos, of Customs Comptroller Mohammed Uba displaying the truck containing the sized Codeine Syrup.

By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Efforts by the Federal Government to rid the country of hard and illicit drugs received a boost in Lagos, as a truck load,  suspected to be carrying some hard drugs has been intercepted by operatives of Federal Operations Unit. Zone “A”Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Two suspects were said to have been arrested in connection with the
substance, which has been banned by the Federal Government.
The vehicle, an Iveco Truck, with registration number LAM 283 LG, was said to be carrying 498 cartons of CSP Codiene Cough Syrup 100ml at the time of its  interception.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that each of the the cartons contained 200 bottles.
The Controller of Federal Operations Unit Zone ” A” Ikeja Lagos, while confirming the seizure said the substance was valued at one hundred and ninety nine million, two hundred thousand Naira only (N199,200,00.00).

Remarkably, he disclosed that one of the intercepted vehicles along Ijebu Ode-Ore road, an Iveco Truck marked LAM 283 LG was loaded with 498 cartons of CSP Codeine cough syrup 100ml with each carton containing 200 bottles.

According to him, the truck, which was intercepted along Ijebu Ode-Ore road, was among the successes recorded by the unit between June 13th 2018 to July 24th, 2018.
Uba, who spoke on Wednesday while parading the truck and other seizures made by the unit, said the drugs and the suspects will be handed over to the National Agency For Drug and Administration Control (NAFDAC) for further investigation and possible prosecution.
He emphasised that the fight against drug abuse and illicit drugs is a collective effort, pointing out that the nation can only be drug free if all hands were on deck.
“Remarkably, among the seizure was the  interception of an  Iveco Truck with registration number LAM 283 LG along Ijebu Ode-Ore road, carrying 498 cartons of CSP Codeine cough syrup 100ml with each carton containing 200 bottles.
 
“You will recall that the Federal Government banned any importation of cough syrup that contains codeine.
” The drugs and the suspects will be handed over to the NAFDAC for further investigation and possible prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.
 
“The fight against drug abuse and illicit drugs is a collective effort and if all hands are on deck, we will make our nation a drug free society”, the Comptroller said.

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