Customs Intercepts 254 Cartons of Tramadol

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Over N14bn worth of Banned Tramadol, Others, Destroyed by Customs, NAFDAC
Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, with some intercepted cartons of tramadol.

The Nigeria Customs Services, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) Command has seized about 254 cartons of tramadol concealed in containers with other prohibited items.

The Command Comptroller, Oladuni Morenike made the disclosure on Tuesday, saying the drugs were confiscated on the ground of wrong declaration.

According to the comptroller, the tramadol and other prohibited items such as hydro-generated coconut oil among others items were concealed in 16 containers, stressing that all the items were worth N229 million.

In her remarks, the controller said “the tramadol tablets were discovered by the command’s eagle eye officer on examination. We had an intelligence that the containers have been here for sometimes and we waited for declaration, which never came.

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“We brought down the container for examination to confirm based on the intelligence we had. And by the time we opened, we found tramadol concealed with other medicaments. We had 143, 25 and 86 cartons and all were tramadol with few items that were not tramadol inside the container. All together, we had 254 cartons of tramadol”, Controller Morenike said.

Morenike noted that the seized tramadol, all in 100 milligrams, were far above what was approved by the Federal Government, an indication that the drugs came in different packages and were also packaged in 10 sachets.

She added the case is under investigation and would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after conclusion of investigation.

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This is coming as the Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) Custom Command has declared generated revenue of N15.8 billion between January and September 2020, which already surpassed the total revenue generated in the whole of 2019.

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