In Lagos: Customs intercept N5bn tramadol, other illicit drugs

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Friday announced its interception of 21 contraband drugs including tramadol valued at over N5 billion.

The National Public Relations Officer (NPRO) of NCS, Assistant Comptroller Joseph Attah, told newsmen in Ikeja that the drugs were   intercepted when the smugglers of the items were attempting to move them from Lagos to other parts of the country.

The smugglers, according to him, had intended to seize the opportunity of the festive mood of the last Eid-el-Kabir to play a fast one on the Customs.

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The seizure was effected on August 3, Attah   said at the Ikeja Training College of the service where the truck containing the drugs is being detained.

He said the warehouse was immediately sealed with a detachment of well armed officers to guard the place.

Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had already directed a thorough investigation with a view to bringing all those connected to the drugs to justice.

He said that evaluation of those intercepted drugs had commenced, adding that a suspect who happened to be the truck driver was apprehended and in custody for judicial process.


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