Nigeria: Customs Seize N1.7 Billion Worth of Fake Drugs in Oyo/Osun

Nigeria: Customs Seize N1.7 Billion Worth of Fake Drugs in Oyo/Osun

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Nigeria Customs Service Area Controller for Oyo/Osun, Dr. Ben Oramalugo, has announced the interception of a large quantity of fake pharmaceuticals in the region. The seized items include Augmentin tablets, Ampiclox, and Amoxycillin capsules, which were concealed in 53 sacks. The total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the intercepted drugs is estimated at N1,739,000,000.00.

Dr. Oramalugo made this disclosure during the second press conference of 2024, held at the operational headquarters of the Oyo/Osun Area Command in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State. He further revealed that from March  1 to 2024, the command collected a total of N5,664,295,751.15 in revenue.

When combined with the amount collected in January 2024, which was N6,824,954,338.96, the cumulative revenue collected by the Oyo/Osun Area Command for the fiscal year 2024 stands at N12,489,250,090.11.

Aside from the seizure of fake drugs, the command also confiscated other contraband items. This includes 345 bags of foreign parboiled rice weighing 50kg each, with a DPV of N24,218,000.00. Additionally, 344 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) with a volume of 25 liters each, valued at N5,728,500.00, were seized. The command also intercepted 4 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa with a DPV of N126,000.00, as well as 1,309 used tyres with a DPV of N70,140,000.00.

Other seized contraband items include foreign wine, used clothing and shoes, with respective DPVs of N6,231,206.00 and N42,720,000.00.

Dr. Oramalugo commended the officers of the Oyo/Osun Area Command for their diligent work in ensuring the collection of customs duties and taxes, despite the prevailing economic challenges. He emphasized the command’s commitment to contributing to the economic stability of the nation.

In light of the economic challenges and attempts to compromise Nigeria’s borders, the command has strategically positioned its anti-smuggling activities to enforce the Federal Government’s policy on border closure. Dr. Oramalugo expressed his gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs, BA Adeniyi, and his management team for their support in achieving enhanced performance and fulfilling the core mandate of the service in Oyo and Osun states.

He also acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the officers and men of the Oyo/Osun Area Command, as well as other security agencies such as the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, NDLEA, Oyo State Operation Burst, and Amotekun Corps. Dr. Oramalugo urged all security agencies to continue their great work and assured the citizens of Nigeria that the Nigeria Customs Service, through the Area Command, would continue to collaborate closely with other government agencies, stakeholders, and the general public to address the challenges at hand.

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, was also recognized for his support and magnanimity towards the command, and appreciation was expressed to other stakeholders for their collaborative efforts.

This seizure of fake drugs and other contraband items by the Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service is a significant step in curbing illegal activities and protecting the health and well.

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