Customs hands over suspect, N6bn Tramadol to NDLEA
By Paul Michael
Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has handed over a suspect and 1×20 ft Container with no 0183241 laden with 81 Cartons of 250mg and 69 Cartons of 225mg of Tramadol to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The street value of the 81 Cartons of 250mg and 61 Carton of 225mg of Tramadol was estimated to be over N6 billion.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf handed the illicit drugs and the suspect to the Commander of Narcotics, Ameh Inalegwu, Apapa Special Area Command of the NDLEA.
According to Yusuf, the illicit drugs were cleverly concealed in a 20ft Container with Cartons of towels and the point of origin is Pakistan.
“When you look at the magnitude and the way it was packed, with the same style of a towel, you would think, they are all the same, they will never reveal the true content of the manifest, but the eagle eyes of the Nigeria Customs Service will always catch up on them,” he assured.
Yusuf said the handing over is to further strengthen the existing relationship between the NCS, the NDLEA and other relevant government agencies operating in the port.
“The fight against illicit drug abuse and trafficking is everyone’s business and the Nigeria Customs Service is all out to support the NDLEA in combating this ugly menace decisively,” he added.
While receiving the seizures, the NDLEA Commander, Inalegwu said, the fight against illicit drugs is a whole societal approach as everyone is vulnerable.
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He said, “You may not appreciate what these seizures mean to the Nigerian Society, the legally accepted milligram is 50.
“I want to call on everyone, especially the Press, don’t say, you are not involved, you may have a relation, even if you don’t have, the one who is under the influence of these drugs could be of harm to you.
“That is why NDLEA is asking of a joint hand approach, a whole society approach. Let all hands be on deck and let’s make Nigeria a better Nation.”
While thanking Service for the continuous collaboration with the Agency, Inalegwu recalled the handing over of two containers load of Tramadol by the Apapa Comand a month ago and said, it is the ‘Apapa Spirit’.
He conveyed the appreciation of the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa (rtd) to the NCS for the synergy, saying the anti-narcotics agency is ready to project and cooperate with any Security Agencies that will partner with the NDLEA.
“I want to commend my brother and friend, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, my Chairman is very proud of you, when I had the opportunity to put the report before him, he assured me of the length, he will go to ensure that, you are commended, am sure it’s on the way if it has not come already,” the NDLEA Commander assured.
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