April 19, 2024

FOU Zone A Seizes 299 Cartons of Codeine

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FOU Zone A Seizes 299 Cartons of Codeine

By Okezie Nnadi

Service, we are pleased to present a follow-up press release on the significant
strides made by the Nigeria Customs Service in combating the illicit trade of
drugs within our nation’s borders. Building upon the insights shared during our
recent press conference addressing the seizure of a range of illicit substances, this
update focuses on the resolute efforts of our diligent customs officers in
intercepting yet another shipment of illicit drugs.

Officers of
the Federal Operating Unit Zone A, acting on credible intelligence, flagged down
a DAF truck close to Ijebu-Ode Junction. An examination of the truck revealed
the concealment of 299 cartons of codeine syrup along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
Ag CG of the Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi said NCS is yet again drawing national attention to the danger posed by
unrestricted access to the use dangerous drugs. Codeine syrup is designated as a
controlled item due to its rampant abuse by our delinquent youth. He said the misuse and
illicit distribution of codeine-containing medications have given rise to grave
security and public health concerns, contributing to a surge in addiction, adverse
health effects, and societal challenges. In response, regulatory measures have
been implemented to curb its availability and unrestricted access. This
underscores the importance of addressing this issue as part of broader efforts to
safeguard public health and well-being. On our part we will continue to partner
with the NDLEA and other relevant government agencies to curb the spread of the menace and protect the future generations of Nigerians.
According to him,
smugglers of rice and premium motor spirit continue to test our will to put
them out of business. Smuggling of rice compromise our revenue and sabotage
our food security. Despite the biting effects of fuel subsidy removal on our
economy, smugglers still attempt to smuggle PMS across the border. They met their waterloo in different operations conducted by officers of NCS. The following seizures of both items were recorded. A total of 4, 252 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50 kg each) at Dangote/Imashayi Ogun State, Saki Axis Oyo State,

Owode/Ado Odo in Ogun state, Idiroko/Ohumbe Ogun State, Okoko Mile 2 Axis in Lagos State and Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State. Similarly, 5,600 litres of premium motor spirit were intercepted and seized when smugglers attempted to takeout these strategic resource through Oja-odan axis in Ogun State.

Other items seized in the last 2 weeks include: 291 Bales of Second-hand Clothin, 57 Sacks and 4 Jumbo Sacks of Used Shoes, 486 cartons of foreign frozen poultry products, 190 Pieces of Rugs, 5 Units of Vehicles, 170 pieces of used tyres.

These seizures are a fallout of our uncompromising position to strictly
enforce the law and protect the lives of our people. The codeine syrup, which is
reportedly being abused by mostly young persons in society, is associated with
addiction and, in the long-term, results in anxiety, depression, memory loss, and
damage to the liver, kidneys and brain. It is pertinent to note that the damaging
effects of drugs have led to preventable deaths for consumers taking them outside
doctors’ prescriptions.
The 340 pieces of used tyres seized within the first two weeks of August
2023 by this unit is not only limited to the implementation of import prohibition
lists but also a giant stride to mitigate auto crashes caused by smuggled used tyres.
These tyres are squeezed, compressed and tucked into themselves for ease
of concealment, thereby causing them to crack. They are oftentimes expired, their
rigidity and strength compromised. Drivers could experience a blowout or sudden
rupture as the steel wire meant to keep the tyres in shape has been disorganised
in the course of smuggling.
We once again advise that any investment made into the smuggling
business is meant to be a loss because we will keep battling these enemies of our
country. I urge all patriotic Nigerians to continuously support the Nigeria
Customs Service with helpful information that will aid our efforts to curb
smuggling and arrest suspects.

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