The Apapa Customs Intercepts Pharmaceutical Products worth N110, 016,524.

Sandra Ukele.
 The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service held its monthly press briefing to update the public on activities bordering on its anti-smuggling and revenue collection efforts.

The Command had intercepted four 40-foot containers laden with controlled and regulated pharmaceutical products. These products include:

936 cartons of tramadol hydrochloride tablets;
56 cartons  Collstop chlorpheniramine malaete;
160 cartons Dubomol analgesic;
176 cartons of Col-cap; amongst others.
The total duty paid value of the products stand at N110,016,524m.

“Consequent upon this and worried by the present level of insecurity in the country, one wonders what negative impact would have resulted in the aftermath of these drugs finding their ways into the larger society. These could have further aggravated the already tensed situation of the country,” the Comptroller of the Command Mr. Jibrin Musa iterated.

It was however confirmed that one of the suspects whose name was withheld was granted administrative bail while investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, on the aspect of revenue collection the Command is not lagging behind. The premier port Command recorded a total of N31,015,084,626.85b in January 2018 as against N25,958,919,218.73b collected in 2017.This shows an increase of over N5.1b. It is however noteworthy that the 2018 annual target for the Command stands at N426b or N35.5b monthly.

The Command has also commenced training and sensitization of the NICIS 2 software programme. Through the software the Command intends to block all revenue leakages thereby increasing the revenue profile and compliance levels.

Compt. Musa called on all stakeholders who operate within the larger value chain to fully embrace the new application which is faster, more efficient all encompassing provides seamless cargo clearance.


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