The Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) has intercepted three container loads of fake drugs in Lagos.
The drugs, which included Acipep, Lemdafil and Ciprogyl were seized by the officers of the Federal Operation Unit ( FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja.
The Unit, it was learnt, has been able to increase the tempo of its seizures based on the credible information and superior Intelligent report given to the Comptroller by the Customs Intelligence Unit ( CIU) officers attached to him.
The value of the three containers of fake drugs, cables and other contraband seized by the Service based on the Intelligence report from the CIU officers is over N356million.
Addressing reporters in Lagos yesterday, its Area Controller Mohammed Uba Garba said the items were shipped into the country in 40ft container number MSK U 8751322 and two 20ft containers number MSKU144709/0 and MRKU 738266.
Mohammed said the Duty Paid Value ( DPV) of the fake drugs is over N31 million and wondered why the scrupulous importers who are now at large would want to destroy the health of Nigerian because of their illicit trade and love for money.
A total of 14 containers, the Controller said, were seized by the Unit for false declaration and breach of Customs law with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N104,684,023.7.
“After intensifying our operational modalities to meet up with the current smuggling tactics, we have intercepted various contraband with Duty Paid Value of over N356million.”
The seized items, findings revealed, included 11 used vehicles, 4,227 bags of imported rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, Indian Hemp, medicaments, used tyres, scrap metals, bales of used clothing and shoes among others.
The items, Mohammed said, were seized by the unit between August 29 and 3rd October this year.
“While seven containers carried unprocessed wood, one container was carrying scrap metals and another one carrying wet blue (leather) for export which all fall under export prohibition list.
“Also, three of the seized containers were medicaments without appropriate import documents and certification. Two containers were carrying a purported made in Nigeria cables but were actually imported from China. The importer declared the item as electric distribution board and ballast. Only God knows what would have happened if these fake products got into our market,” he said.
The 11 vehicles seized by the unit, it was learnt, included two Lexus Jeep, RX330, one Toyota Rav4, two Toyota Camry, five Mercedes Benz, and one IVECO tanker truck. The vehicles are 2007 and 2013 respectively.
The DPV of the vehicles, according to the controller is over N125million.
“Also, we have 17 assorted vehicles of various models in detention. The vehicles were evacuated from car marts due to infraction noticed in their document. As I speak with you, the owners have not been able to provide relevant Customs papers on some of the vehicles but we have given them enough room to provide them. The vehicles under detention have a duty paid value of N141,877,496.15.,” he said.
In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, the seized Indian hemp, the medicaments and the fake electric cables were handed over by the Controller to the representatives of the NDLEA, NAFDAC and SON at the occasion for further investigation.