Nigeria: India and Pakistani tramadol worth N1.8 billion were seized at Lagos Airport

Nigeria: India and Pakistani tramadol worth N1.8 billion were seized at Lagos Airport

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

No fewer than 23 packages of tramadol worth N1.8 billion that were brought into the country from India and Pakistan had been intercepted and seized by the Nigeria Customs Service.

According to the PUNCH, the NCS’s Lagos Command seized the substance at Murtala Muhammed Airport.

The command’s Customs Area Controller, Compt. On Wednesday, at a media briefing at the MMA to announce the command’s activities for the first quarter, Mohammed Yusuf made the disclosure that the seized tramadol was above the legal limit for importation.

He stated that the drugs came into the country in the form of 12 packets containing 120 milligrams of tramadol and 22 packets containing 225 milligrams of tramadol from the sheds of the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Limited and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited.

The drugs seized, according to Yusuf, will be given to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further action.

“Through credible intelligence, the command recorded seizures of packages of pharmaceutical products, including 22 packets of 225mg tramadol and 12 packets of 120mg tramadol they were concealed and imported into the country through India and Pakistan,” he stated.

“The above seizures were recorded in view of knowledge driven tasks inside the air terminal. The absolute Obligation Paid Worth (DPV), of the seizure remained at N1.8 billion.”

“In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, the Tramadol tablets that are in our custody have been scheduled to be given to the commander of Narcotics, MMA, command of NDLEA. This will strengthen our cooperation in preventing our youths from using harmful substances that could harm the environment and their lives. We will intensify our efforts to make our communities safer places to live for everyone.

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