The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday seized a truckload of codeine cough syrup (100mg) in Lagos, said to worth over N1.17 billion.
Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria had banned the production and importation of cough syrup containing codeine after series of reports of its abuse and role in drug addiction epidemic.
The Controller in charge of Federal Operations Unit (FOU) ‘A’ Ikeja, Mohammed Uba, who paraded other products like Tramadol, Indian hemp and Pangolin, among others, warned smugglers to desist from the illicit trade or face the wrath of the law.
Uba explained that his men intercepted one MAN Diesel Truck with registration number XB 286 BEN along Afromedia Estate by Egbeda Junction besides Alaba International Market carrying 2,748 cartons of DSP Codeine Cough Syrup 100mg (100 per carton) and 95 cartons of Chaka Pain Xtra based on intelligence report.
He said: “This is the second time the unit is intercepting this substance since the Federal Government banned the importation of cough syrup that contains codeine.
The substance is valued at N1.17 billion. The driver of the truck on sighting our officers abandoned the truck and fled.”
He also disclosed that 49 cartons of 100mg Tramadol capsules were evacuated from a warehouse in Ajao Estate, adding that the drugs would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for further investigation.
Reviewing the anti-smuggling operation of FOU ‘A’ between July 25 and August 7, 2018, he said the Unit intercepted various contraband items with a duty paid value (DPV) of N2 million in two weeks.
The Customs also seized 21 sacks of Pangolin scales weighing 1,031 kilogrammes and four pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29.35 kilogrammes from a shop at Tejosho Market on Victoria Island. The seized items have a DPV of N253 million.
The Unit also intercepted one Ford Transit Bus with Engine no. XL32452L along Olorunda axis of Ogun State conveying 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp weighing 1,610 kilogrammes concealed in baskets of fresh tomatoes, pepper and vegetables.
In addition, 17 units of exotic vehicles, 1,380 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,126 pieces of used shoes, and 140 jerry cans of vegetable oil were also confiscated.