The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja Lagos has recorded its first ground breaking seizure of the year 2014, with the interception of two (2) Mercedes Benz Trucks with Registration numbers XA 217 ALA and DGE 915 XA carrying suspected assorted fake Pharmaceutical products.
Making the disclosure at the Government Warehouse where the trucks were deposited, the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Compt. Nuhu Isa Mahmond informed reporters that the seizure was made by the Headquarters Monitoring Team Idiroko/Ogun axis under the leadership of Assistant Comptroller of Customs Yahaya Biri Usman and comprising CSC Shuaibu Mohammed Salisu and other Officers at about 1010hrs of January 5th 2014 along Sagamu/Ijebuode express way.
The Controller pointed out that the seizure was as a result of heightened surveillance by his Unit particularly during the festive period when some unscrupulous business men tend to take undue advantage. He noted that the earlier directive of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service Dr. Abdullahi Dikko Inde CFR to the effect that all flanks be blocked during the Yuletide period provided the needed impetus for this spectacular seizure.
He praised the courage, resilience, dexterity and operational competence of the team in coordinating and effectively effecting the seizure seamlessly.
Some of the suspected fake Pharmaceutical products loaded in the two (2) seized drugs include the following:
- Vega 100 tabs: 69 ctns x 5000 sachets x 4 tabs
- Septran suspension: 74 ctns x 70 bottles x 50ml each
- Cicatrin powder: 18 ctns x 40 bottles x 10 grams each
- Nilstat Oral Drops: 10ctns x 100 bottles x 30ml each
- Dettol Disinfectant: 77 ctns x 36 bottles x 100ml each
- Optalidon tabs: 67 ctns x 200 x 60 tabs each
- Ampiclox suspension: 60 ctns x 70 bottles x 250mg each
- Disprin tabs: 23 ctns x 30 boxes x 600 tabs each
- CaC 1000: 72 ctns x 40 bottles x 10 tabs each
10. Augmentin syrup: 100 ctns x 100 bottles x 60ml each
11. Encephabol liquid: 81 ctns x 50 bottles x 120ml each
12. Strepsil tabs: 200 ctns x 20 boxes x 150 tabs each, among others.
The suspected fake pharmaceutical products valued at 12, 500, 000 (twelve million, five hundred thousand naira only) and a Duty Paid Value of 13, 750, 000 (thirteen million, seven hundred and fifty thousand naira), will be handed over to the appropriate Agency of Government after thorough investigation.He then cautioned Nigerians to beware of the activities of these fake drug merchants and patronize only reputable pharmaceutical firms whenever there is need for it.
In the same vein, the Controller informed the press of other outstanding seizures by this team since the present team leader took over barely two (2) months ago. On the whole; he reported that the team has seized assorted contraband goods which include:
Foreign frozen Poultry products
Used tokunbo vehicles etc valued at 87, 371, 500 (eighty seven million, three hundred and seventy one thousand, five hundred) with a duty of 12, 274, 800 (twelve million, two hundred and seventy four thousand, eight hundred naira) with a Duty Paid Value of 99, 646, 300 (ninety nine million, six hundred forty six thousand, three hundred naira).
The Controller expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team for equipping the Unit with functional vehicles and other logistics support which have been providing the platform for the operational successes of the Unit and promised to ensure a sustained tempo of activities.
He pointed out that the Unit will continue to take a leading role in anti-smuggling activities as a flagship Unit and assured the Nation that the Nigeria Customs Service will not renege on its statutory functions of revenue collection and suppression of smuggling.He also called on Nigerians to partner with the Nigeria Customs Service in its renewed vigor to tackle smuggling.