Friday, 8 May 2015

Custom Impounds 1,777 cartons of fake drugs at Imo state

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Fed­eral Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Ow­erri has impounded 1,777 cartons of fake and sub-standard drugs (Super Mebendazole and Levami­sole Hydrochloride) with­out NAFDAC registration, manufacturing batch num­bers and expiration dates, and other items worth Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N250,676,300.

Briefing newsmen at Customs Government Warehouses in Owerri and Benin on Wednesday, the Customs Area Controller of FOU Zone C, Comptrol­ler Victor David Dimka, said the truck conveying the Mebendazole tablets was impounded on the Benin/Edo expressway fol­lowing a tip-off.
He said the drug barons on sighting his men quick­ly abandoned the exhib­its and fled into a nearby bush, although the truck driver was later arrested and is helping in the inves­tigation.
Dimka, who promptly handed over the seized items to the Director of NAFDAC in-charge of Imo, Mr. Mammael Victor and that of Edo State, Da­vid West for further inves­tigation on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, expressed concern at the spate of smuggling illicit, unregistered, con­trolled drugs and contra­band goods in the country despite severe consequenc­es for offenders.
Displaying other seized items including 193 bales of fairly used Jumbo school bags and 780 bales of second-hand clothing impounded on the Eleme/ Aba Road, Dimka disclosed that used and expired tyres also smuggled into the country were similarly seized because of their ob­vious implications to hu­man lives.
Other items seized in­clude assorted types of furniture, 599 bags of 50kg long grain parboiled rice and 182 flashy vehicles. Dimka regretted that while many Nigerians preoccupy themselves with ideas to move the nation forward, and to acquire decent means of livelihood, others shamelessly engage them­selves in acts capable of bringing the nation to ruin.
He therefore warned smugglers, their agents and collaborators to turn a new leaf before the long arm of the law catches up with them, adding that the Customs Service is bet­ter equipped, informed, trained and mobilised to dislodge smugglers wher­ever they hibernate and operate.
He also appealed to members of the public with useful information about smugglers to always make them available to the nearest Customs Com­mand for necessary action, pledging that such infor­mation would be treated with utmost confidential­ity.



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