The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 1,104 boxes of fake pharmaceutical products, estimated to worth N12.1 million (about $34,000). The products were smuggled into Nigeria without appropriate documentation and permits from the government.
The Vanguard is reporting that 16 suspects have been arrested in connection with the offensive items.
The fake pharmaceutical products were concealed in two 40ft trucks and hidden from clear view by second hand tyres, which the smugglers had hoped would enable them to successfully beat the security checks in Nigeria.
Some of the drugs confiscated include Cimetidine tables, Derm-Artemether injection, Tetracycline hydrochloride, Diclofenac capsules, Dicmol, Piroxican and many others.
Customs Area Controller, Mohammed Uba Garba, who displayed the items for viewing, also handed over the items to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Lagos.
“The core function of [customs] is anti-smuggling and our officers have been strategically positioned to curb smuggling of all prohibited items including substandard pharmaceutical products. Aside from the medications, we also intercepted 1,590kg of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) worth N72.9 million, 523 used tyres, 1,393 cartons of frozen products, 27 assorted vehicles and 137 bales of second hand clothing,” the Controller said.
It is expected that the suspects will be prosecuted according to Nigerian law.