The Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), on Thursday announced that it had seized 4,120 bags of foreign rice and banned pharmaceuticals, including the prohibited Tramadol.
Speaking with newsmen at Area 11 Command in Onne, the Controller of the Command, Abubakar Bashir, said the contraband pharmaceuticals were contained in nine containers with each measuring 40 feet (9*40 feet).
He also explained that the contraband pharmaceuticals were imported by unscrupulous businessmen from China and India.
The Customs boss further disclosed that the items, which included Tramaking were falsely declared as pressuring reducing drugs.
His words: “From January to date the command has seized 9*40′ containers carrying 8,245 cartons of fake pharmaceuticals consisting of 250mg of Tramadol and Tramaking and other anti-malarial and analgesic.
“The total duty paid of the seizure of pharmaceuticals amounts to N395,125,912.00. We are particularly delighted by this seizure because we recorganise the harmful effect they have especially on our youths and the current national challenge of substance abuse.
“This command has been faithful in aligning towards the same policy. From January to date, 8*20 foot containers of rice with a duty paid value of N64,878,141.48, and carrying 4,120 bags of rice from Thailand were seized.
“These containers were falsely declared as sewing machines with the intent of evading the law. I am glad to report that they have been seized and duly condemned in a court of law.”