Customs intercept N5bn illicit drugs in Lagos

The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted 21 contraband drugs valued at over N5bn.

The National Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Assist. Comptroller Joseph Attah, disclosed this when he conducted newsmen round a warehouse where the trucks of the intercepted items were parked at the Ikeja Training College of the service in Lagos, on Friday, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs Strike Force in Zone ‘A’ made the haul. According to him, the smugglers believe that festive period is a time of merriment and less vigilance, “but our officers intercepted the illicit drugs as the smugglers attempted to move them from Lagos to other parts of the country.’

He said, “The intercepted trailer contains illicit drugs and was immediately brought to the attention of the team leader of the force, Assist. Comptroller of Customs, Usman Yahya who deepened preliminary investigation that led to the discovery of a warehouse along Oshodi-Mile 2 Road.

“The warehouse was stocked with tramadol, codeine and other unregistered pharmaceutical products without the National Agency for Foods Drugs Administration and Control number.”

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, 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 already in custody.

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