By Maritime Newsroom
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, Ikeja Lagos, has arrested eight suspects in connection with N2.7billion contraband items smuggled into the country within the last two weeks.
The outgoing Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command,Comptroller Mohammed Uba who disclosed this to newsmen recently said among the seizures was one MAN Diesel truck with registration number X286 BEN along Afromedia Estate by Egbeda Junction, beside Alaba International market carrying 2,748 cartons of codeine cough syrup (100 per carton) and 95 cartons of Chaka pain Xtra based on credible information.
He pointed out that this is the second time in a row the unit is intercepting this substance since the Federal Government banned importation of cough syrup that contains codeine.
Comptroller Uba further disclosed that the service in the period also intercepted a bus containing 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp, 95 cartons of Chaka pain in truck, 49 cartons of 100mgs Tramaldo evacuated from a warehouse in Ajao Estate based on information.
He revealed that the cannabis was concealed with fresh tomatoes, pepper, and vegetable and was impounded by his officers along Olorunda axis of Ogun State on Friday August 3rd, 2018, adding that in the spirit of inter-agency relationship, the seized substance will be handed over to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.
”The substance is valued at N1,175,200,000 while the driver of the truck on sighting our officers abandoned the truck and fled.
The truck will be handed over to National Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for further investigation.”
However, recall that the CAC, Uba has been transferred to head Seme Command of the NCS, and he also said his officers have just intercepted and evacuated 21 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1031kg and four pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29,35kg from a shop in a market in Victoria Island based on information by the warehouse Operations team led by Mutalib Sule, a customs officer. The out going CAC disclosed that the occupant of the shop fled and was still at large but investigation is already ongoing towards getting the culprit arrested and persecuted.
”Among the detained vehicles include seven Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep (2015-2018) model, four Toyota Hiace Bus (2017), two Toyota Coaster Bus (2017), and four Toyota Camry (2014). These 17 Exotic vehicles have a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N384,29,251.94′,” he added.