Customs Intercepts N3.7bn Military wares, Drugs from India, Hong Kong at Lagos Airport

Written by Maritime First

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Murtala Mohammed Area Command (MMAC Cargo) has intercepted drones, various military wares and drugs valued at N3.7billion smuggled from India, Hong Kong and Ethiopia.

They were promptly handed over to various regulatory agencies.

The military wares were valued at N379.2million, while tramadol and others were worth a combined N3.2billion  when non-compliant pharmaceutical products were valued at N310.24million.

The Controller of the command, Comptroller Sambo Dangaladima handed 679 sets of drones and 638 packages of various military wares to the representatives of the Nigerian Army; 108 packages of Tramadol (225mg) containing 4.49million tablets and 78 packages of Dry Khat to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), while the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) received the 315 packages of various non-compliant pharmaceutical products.

Dangaladima said that the transfer was in accordance with the extant laws that government agencies and their responsibilities and interdepartmental cooperation.

According to the area controller, the drones and other military wares/uniforms were seized because they were the exclusives of the military to import such items, the tramadol tablets were seized because they are above the permitted threshold by law in Nigeria, while the dry khat is totally prohibited, the non-compliant pharmaceutical products were seized because they were suspected to be fake drugs without NAFDAC registration/approval certificates.

He said: “These items were imported with various AWBs at different dates/period from different ports of origin, enroute different ports to Lagos as the final destination.

We have on record 34 AWBS of Tramadol that are from India as port of Origin, 17 of them came into Lagos enroute Addis-Ababa.

“One came in enroute Hong Kong while the rest came from Addis-Ababa to Lagos as the final destination.

The non-compliant pharmaceuticals are from Pakistan but came into Lagos enroute Dubai and Addis-Ababa.”

Also, the command made a total of N16.85 billion as revenue between January and  29th March 2022, as against N12.60million in the same period in 2021, leading to N4.25 billion increase.

Dangaladima revealed that from March 1 to 29, 2022, the command raked in the sum of N6.69billion,  stating that they are sure of reaching 7 billion by March 31; as against N5.01 billion in the same period in 2021.

He appreciated the dutifulness of officers and men of the command, stakeholders and the seamless cooperation of other security agencies in MMAC, saying that it was headed for the best by the grace of God, with the sustenance and improved synergy it presently enjoys.


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