Customs intercepts 2 containers of unregistered drugs worth billions
OOfficers from Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted two containers loaded with unregistered pharmaceuticals.
The shipments, believed to have been imported into the country and misdeclared as electrical appliances and household items, were intercepted at a bonded terminal in Lagos over the weekend.
Speaking on the seizure, Customs Area Comptroller Comptroller Malanta Yusuf said the goods were discovered during a physical examination by representatives of the Compliance Team, CIU, Resident Officers and other relevant agencies at GMT Bonded Terminal Ojo, Lagos.
“These two 40ft containers, namely HLBU1315286 with Indian Customs seal numbers Nhava Sheva 3201597 and HLG1150470, arrived from India. He was loaded with Letmotil (Loperamide Tablet) 20mg; Gegedol (diclofenac sodium 50 mg and paracetamol 325 mg) tablet; EQUAGENT (Gentamycin Eye/Ear drops 0.3%w/v) all without NAFDAC registration numbers, plus 36 pieces of oriental ceiling fan used for concealment.
“In addition, the second container bearing # HLBU2561659 and seal # HLG0050765 was filled with two cartons of EQUAGENT (Gentamycin Eye/Ear drops 0.3% w/v) without NAFDAC registration number and concealed with 72 cartons (60 pcs/ctn) of a manual vegetable grater, 26 cartons (6 sets/ctn) of ceramic tableware and 44 cartons ((6pcs/ctn) of food bottle, totaling 144 cartons,” he said. declared.
Malanta disclosed that all the shipments are in breach of Sections 46 and 47 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) C45 of 2004 and have been seized accordingly.
He said the command has opened a 100% investigation to bring all suspected culprits to justice as the service will continue to crack down on the importation of dangerous and illicit drugs into the country.