APAPA: Customs intercepts 4 container loads of Tramadol


…As influx of dangerous drugs continue***

Influx of dangerous drugs into Nigeria may have continued unabated, with the Apapa Area Customs Command intercepting four container- load of prohibited Tramadol pharmaceutical products, with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N110 million.

The Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Mr. Jibrin Musa who confirmed this on Monday in Lagos, noted that the 40-foot containers were impounded between Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

“The container No; MRSU 3637149 contained 936 cartons of tramadol Hydrochoride tablet (225MG) and 56 cartons of Collstop Chlorpheniramine Maleate Capsules (4MG)”, indicated the CAC, adding that the prohibited pharmaceutical products were controlled and regulated from importation into the country.

“Another container No; MRKU 6196764 contained 368 cartons of tramadol capsules BP (120MG), 192 cartons of tramadol capsules (250mg) and 160 cartons of Dobumol Anagestic.

“Third container No, MRSU 3516384 contained 554 cartons of tramadol capsules BP (120mg), and 176 cartons of Col-cap.

“The forth container No MRKU 6058282 containing 200 cartons of tramadol (225mg), 330 cartons of Ibramol, 198 cartons Col-Caps (4mg) and 453 cartons of Rally Extral (50mg).

“The container was imported by Villa Gold Pharmacy from India,“ Musa said, pointing out that the suspects apprehended with the seizure had been granted administrative bail, while investigation was ongoing.

According to the Apapa Customs boss, the drugs consignment could aggravate the already tense situation in the country if it finds its ways into the cities.

Taking up a question, Musa explained that the command generated N31.01 billion in January 2018 compared to the N25.95 billion it generated in the corresponding period of 2017.

“It is worthy to note that the annual target for the Apapa Area Command in 2018 is N462 billion and N35.5 billion it is expected to generate on monthly basis,” he said, stressing that the command would soon start the Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) training to block revenue leakages and increase the compliance level.

Informed sources maintained that tramadol consumption could easily induce even a docile and gentle person to engage in crimes and other social misdemeanor.