The operatives of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service have arrested 15 suspects after intercepting 1,442 cartons of medications smuggled into the country without registration number from the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
According to the Customs, the medications were loaded in two 40-foot trucks and were seized along Oshodi-Apapa Road, as well as Ijebu-Ode Expressway.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Garba, disclosed this while handing over the items to NADFAC in Lagos.
He said: “The unit also intercepted other contraband items with a DPV of N200.9 million with N28.9 million realised from duty payments and demand notices on general goods, making a total of N229.9 million in just one month.
Also speaking, Director of Investigations, NAFDAC, Mr. E. Kingsley, explained that substandard drugs have serious health hazards, saying his agency will ensure that the seized drugs do not go into the market
He said: “We must carry out a thorough investigation to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
“Recently, destroyed 11 trucks of fake drugs estimated at N9 billion and another culprit was sentenced to seven years in prison without any option of fine.
“We must continue to protect innocent citizens from such deadly drugs.”