Nigeria Customs discovers military hardware, tramadol worth N13 billion in Lagos
Ahead of the forthcoming general election in February 2023, the Nigeria Customs Service has announced the interception of large amount of Military and Police hardware and tramadol worth N13Billion at the cargo section of the domestic wing, Lagos Airport.
According to the Customs Area Controller Comptroller Sambo Dangaladima, the Hardwares were imported from South Africa and the Suspect, Mr. Olaolu Marquis has been equally arrested due to his inability to produce an End-User-Certificate, which is the lawful prerequisite for such importation.
The Hardware are 309 pieces of Military Helmets, 106 pieces of Military Armless Jackets, 352 pieces of Ballistic Body Armored Pad, 119 pieces of Police Badge, 5 pieces of Bullet Proof Jacket, 33 pieces of body side ballistic Pad, and 105 pieces of Ballistic Chest Plates.
Similarly, the Command intercepted One Hundred and sixty-two cartons of Tramking, a brand of Tramadol hydrochloride with Two Hundred and Twenty-Five (225) and Two Hundred and Fifty (250) milligrams.
Speaking further, Sambo Dangaladima noted that, the hard drugs originated from India and Pakistan and are routed through Addis-Ababa to Lagos and that, the milligrams (225&250mg) are above allowable thresholds as contained in the extant laws.
“We are very much mindful of the fact that 2023 is an election year in Nigeria; the inflow traffic of these hard drugs that induce our youths to do extraordinary things (when taken) are bound to increase; but I can assure the unscrupulous importers that MMAC is the most dangerous route for their illicit trade because we are always here to catch them and ensure that they face the wrath of the law,” he explained.
The illicit drugs with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N13,827,775,560.04 were handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency representative, Mr. Azuwonye Sunday.