December 5, 2022

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Customs intercepts container load of codeine at Tin Can port

Comptroller Musa Abdulahi

The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it intercepted a 40 feet container laden with 1,506 cartons of Barcadine Codeine and other dangerous pharmaceutical products at the port during routine examination.

Public Relations Officer of the command, Uche Ejesieme, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday said the container with registration number MSCU 1751320 was discovered through a joint collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

He said following the conduct of 100 % physical examination on the container, it was discovered to contain 1,506 cartons of Barcadine Codeine 100 bottles per carton of 100ml each, 189 cartons of 100 pieces per carton of Really Extra- a pain and fever tablets.

“Relying on the well-established collaboration and synergy, which is at the base of our standard operating procedure, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, acting on intelligence which has been on their radar, notified the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Abdullah Musa of their strong suspicion that the said container was laden with concealed hard drugs.

“Following the development, the Controller directed that the container be transferred to the Enforcement unit of the command on the 6th of September 2021 where a 100% physical examination was carried and which revealed the following:1,506 cartons of Barcadine Codeine 100 bottles per carton of 100ml each, 189 cartons of 100 pieces per carton of Really Extra (pain and fever tablets) and 47 cartons of 6 packs of 3pcs each.

“Sequel to this, the said container was impounded and will be handed over to the NDLEA in line with section 169 of the customs and Excise Management Act cap c45 laws of the Federal Republic 2004 as amended.

“It is instructive to reiterate that the renewed and strengthened partnership with sister agencies in the port, has continually yielded expected results and the command will leverage on that to decimate the activities of these criminal gangs and their supply chain.

“It is also pertinent to note that young Nigerians are addicted to codeine syrup -a medicine that has become a street drug, excessive consumption of which can cause Phychosis and organ failure,” he said.