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Nigerian Customs Intercepts 1,427 Cartons Of Unregistered Drugs

Peter Jerome

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) have seized 1, 427 cartons of unregistered pharmaceutical products shipped into the country in a container.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday by the Public Relations Officer, Apapa Area Command, Deputy Superintendent of Customs (DSC), Abubakar Usman.

 In the statement Usman disclosed that the intercepted container was laden with 144 cartons of 200mg Tramadol tablets: one carton of 100mg Tramadol tablets, 958 cartons of Septran (Co-Trimoxazole), 180 cartons of CAC – 100 Plus Effervescent Tablets and 144 cartons of Oxytocin Injection.

According to Usman, the unregistered pharmaceutical products were contained in container No. GESU 6642430 (1×40 FT) containing 1,427 cartons.

In a reaction to this, the Comptroller-General (CG) of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, has commended the effort of the Comptroller of the Apapa Area Command, Comptroller Mallanta Ibrahim Yussuf. Describing it as a sterling performance, CG Ali praised Yussuf for exercising due diligence on the interception and seizure of the banned items.

In a commendation letter, signed by Comptroller K. A. Olusemire, the Comptroller General was quoted as saying: “By this act, you have demonstrated zero tolerance attitude for corruption and other vices in line with the policy thrust of this administration.

The letter also commended all officers of the Command for the laudable feat.

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