Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone B has seized over 3,790 cartons of unregistered assorted drugs and handed it over to officials of National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Kaduna.
The Comptroller in charge of the zone, Mohammed Sarkin-Kebbi reportedly said that the cartons of unregistered assorted drugs were seized from a warehouse in Zaria.
Comptroller Mohammed reportedly said that they had invited officials of NAFDAC in Abuja for laboratory testing. The laboratory analysis showed that the drugs were not registered, and are fake.
Comptroller Mohammed reportedly said that Comptroller General of Customs approved that the drugs be handed over to NAFDAC.
While handing over the drugs to the Assistant Director of NAFDAC, Mrs. Mukosolu Nzekwe, the Customs boss said “we are intensifying our search for the culprits, and once we get them, we will hand over them to NAFDAC to prosecute them. Customs do not have the mandate to prosecute offenders”.
Comptroller Mohammed reportedly said that the Nigeria Customs Service had made some seizures in the last one week including 390 bags of smuggled rice, concealed in bags of beans, 101 bales of second-hand clothing, another 250 bags of rice seized from a warehouse in Jibiya town of Katsina State.
Others, included 1006 cartons of tomatoes paste, seized in Kano, tins of vegetable oil, 13 vehicles, among others which import value the Customs officer put at N52, 693,000.00.
Comptroller Mohammed advised smugglers to desist from illegal business and engage in legit business.
In reaction, the Assistant Director of NAFDAC, Mrs. Mukosolu Nzekwe, who represented Director, North West zone, NAFDAC, Kaduna, Mr. Dauda Gimba expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Customs Service for the great job and a good working relationship between both agencies.