Customs hand over N3.9bn drones, others to Army, NAFDAC

THE Nigeria Customs Service has handed over a total of N3.88bn worth of contrabands to the Nigerian Army and the National Agency for Food and Drug, Administration and Control.

The contrabands, which were handed to the military in Lagos on Tuesday, include 679 sets of drones and 638 packets of military wares.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Command, Sambo Dangaladima, told journalists in Lagos on Tuesday that the drones and military wares were worth N379.20m, while illicit pharmaceutical products seized were put at N2.82bn.

He added that the illicit drugs were alleged to have been imported into the country from India, Hong Kong, and Dubai.

He said, “We are handing over a total of 679 sets of drones and 638 packets of various military wares valued at N379.20m to the Nigerian Army; and 108 packets of tramadol (225mg) containing 4,492,650 tablets, valued at N2.82bn, and 78 packets of dry khat worth N376.13m to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

“We are also handing over 54 packets of various types of non-compliant pharmaceutical products, valued at N310.24m to the National Agency for Food and Drug, Administration and Control in accordance with the extant laws that govern the agencies and their responsibilities, and inter-departmental cooperation.

“The drones and other military wares/uniforms were seized because they are the exclusives of the military to import such items, the tramadol tablets (225mg) were seized because they are above the permitted threshold by law in Nigeria.

Article first published on the Punch Website

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