The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “C” of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 1,024 cartons of fake pharmaceutical products and other contraband goods worth N869,550,345.
According to the Comptroller, Yusuf Lawal, the seizure was made in January 2021 alongside 1,046 bags of foreign parboiled rice worth N31,380,000 and 62 jumbo bales of used clothing worth N7,800,000.
Lawal reportedly said that 290 cartons of foreign Eva soap worth N4,176,000 and a Toyota Corolla 2018 car worth N7,354,345 were also confiscated.
Lawal reportedly said that the pharmaceutical products which were imported from India without NAFDAC certification were intercepted along Ofosu – Benin expressway based on shared intelligence while the cartons of soap and detergents which are still on the Import Prohibition list were intercepted along with Aba – Owerri road.
Lawal reportedly said that the parboiled rice was trailed and evacuated from a warehouse along Elelenwo road, Portharcourt following laid down rules of engagement backed by sections 147 and 151 of Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004.
The Comptroller affirms his commitment to unraveled importers of the unregistered Colcaps medicaments and their accomplices in due time.
He further said that the drugs will be handed over to authorities of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for necessary professional checks.
According to him, the NCS will synergize with relevant authorities in India to checkmate the illegal exportation of drugs from India to Nigeria as part of efforts to protect Nigeria’s economy.
“Our objective is to degrade the activities of smugglers through aggressive patrol of all flanks and flashpoints. We will be very ruthless with these economic saboteurs because we have a responsibility to protect the nation’s economy in line with the expectations of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, Lawal reportedly said.
Lawal however warned imposters to desist from illegal exportation to avoid the consequences.