Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted and seized no fewer than 23 packages of tramadol worth N1.8 billion imported into the country from India and Pakistan.
The substance was seized by the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos Command of the NCS.
Customs Area Controller of the command, Compt. Mohammed Yusuf, disclosed this on Wednesday, at a media briefing at the MMA.
He stated this while announcing the command’s first quarter activities.
He said the tramadol seized were above the threshold allowed by law to be imported into the country.
The Customs officer said that the drugs entered the country in 22 packets of 225mg tramadol and 12 packets of 120mg from the shed of the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Limited and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited.
Yusuf added that the seized drugs will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further action.
He said, “Through credible intelligence, the command recorded seizures of packages of pharmaceutical products that included 22 packets of 225mg of tramadol and 12 packets of 120mg of tramadol they were concealed and imported into the country through India and Pakistan.
“The above seizures were recorded based on intelligence-driven operations within the airport. The total Duty Paid Value (DPV), of the seizure stood at N1.8 billion.”
“The Tramadol tablets in our custody have been scheduled for handing over to the commander of Narcotics, MMA, command of NDLEA in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration. This will further strengthen our collaboration in safeguarding our youths from the use of harmful substances which could endanger their lives and the environment. We shall intensify effort in making our communities a safer place for all of us to live.”