Apapa Customs Arrests Suspects With Illicit Drugs

Apapa CAC, Comptroller Muhammed Abba-Kura showcasing seized item to newsmen

… Claims Involvement of AP Moller Terminal

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command has arrested and detained two suspects with stolen Tramadol. According to the Customs Area Controller(CAC) Comptroller Muhammed Abba-Kura, the arrest was made on Friday night at about 11:pm, on 12th July, 2019 during a routine surveillance by his Men. 

The CAC, Comptroller Muhammed Abba -Kura made this  known to Journalists in Lagos yesterday.

Abba Kura said that the illicit drugs was conveyed with an ambulance (Hyundai) with registration number LND605XW LAGOS. He said that upon examination, the said ambulance was discovered to be carrying ten (10) cartons of 225mg Tramadol Tablets valued at two million, eight hundred and fourteen thousand, one hundred and thirty-nine naira (N 2,814,139.00). The suspects are: MICHAEL AJIBADE(Driver) and OLATUNDE EMMANUEL (Escort) including the ambulance. Also, he reminded the public that the Federal Government through the NAFDAC had banned the importation of Tramadol in excess of 100mg in to the country. 

Comptroller Muhammed claims the involvement of AP Moller Terminal, accused them of masterminding of the act with some recalcitrant and unpatriotic citizens. He stated that an investigation into the source of the stolen tramadol revealed that the drugs were pilfered from an undeclared container at the AP Moller Terminal. According to the CAC, further physical examination revealed that 211 cartons of the drugs were missing from the container. He disclosed that the duty paid value(DPV) of the stolen drugs stands at fifty-nine million, three hundred and seventy-eight thousand, three hundred and thirty -two naira and nine kobo (59,378,332.09).

Comptroller Abba-Kura said, his men would continue to work round the clock in other to free this country of illicit drugs. He added that him  and his team would not relent in discharge of their duty and core mandates to protect the country of unauthorized drugs or goods.

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