The National Public Relations Officer (NPRO) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller Joseph Attah told newsmen on Friday, that the service has intercepted truck-loads of banned drugs including Tramadol and other illicit drugs worth N5 billion in Lagos.
Attah while conducting newsmen round a warehouse where the trucks of the intercepted items were parked at the Ikeja Training College of the service, said the Comptroller-General of Customs Service Strike Force Zone ‘A’ stumbled on the contraband.
”On Aug. 13, at about 2 am, operatives of the Headquarters Strike Force Zone A intercepted a truck laden with dreaded codeine, tramadol and other controlled pain killers along Maryland, Ikeja road.
“The intercepted trailer contains illicit drugs and was immediately brought to the attention of the team leader of the force, Assist. Comptroller of Customs Usman Yahya, who deepened preliminary investigation that led to the discovery of a warehouse along Oshodi-Mile 2 road.
“The warehouse was stocked with tramadol, codeine and other unregistered pharmaceutical products without the National Agency for Foods Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) number,” Attah said.
Attah also mentioned that the warehouse has been sealed with a detachment of well-armed officers guarding the place and that the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) had directed a thorough investigation in view to bringing all those involved to justice.
He said the driver of the truck has been arrested and the evaluation of the intercepted drugs have commenced.