Apapa Customs Intercepts Tramadol Concealed In Food Flasks In Lagos

Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf, Apapa Customs Area Controller (CAC) showcasing seized item before Newsmen in Lagos

By Maritime Security News

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command has intercepted 55 cartons of tramadol concealed in food flask in Lagos.


Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf, Apapa Customs Area Controller (CAC) disclosed this in a media conference in Lagos said that the drugs were coming from India.“On July 21, acting on credible intelligence, our Officers at the AP Moller Terminals successfully intercepted a 1X20 feet container No. SUDU – 7538656 manifested as 272 cartons of stainless steel hotpot.

“It was captured/declared as cooking appliances, measuring/checking instrument and furnace burners to evade arrest.“The said container was positioned, opened and jointly examined with relevent agencies and found to contain 55 cartons of tramadol concealed in food flasks,” he said .


Yusuf said that each carton of tramadol contains 50 rolls, each roll contains 10 packs, and each pack co tains 10 sachets and had a street value of N1.375 billion.“For the avoidance of doubt, our action of impounding this container is in line with the provisions of sections 46 and 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.He urged all stakeholders in the trade supply chain to always abide by the extant rules.CAC reiterated the Commands resilience in ensuring that the importation of such illicit drugs are detected, seized and handed over to the appropriate agencies for further regulatory action.


“Furthermore, I will like to use this medium to advise importers/agents to acquaint themselves with import and export  prohibition guidelines to safeguard the nation’s economy and security.“Both customs and other government agencies have put alert to ensure that these illicit drugs importation is completely eradicated from the system.
“U want to state also that customs and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) share information and synergise to make sure that things work well,” he added.

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