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Lagos Airport Customs intercept drugs, military hardwares, detain suspects

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The Nigeria Customs Service’s Murtala Muhammed Airport Command said it intercepted hard drugs as well as military and police equipment at the airport’s cargo section.

On Tuesday, Customs Area Controller Sambo Dangaladima told journalists at the command in Ikeja, Lagos, that 162 cartons of banned tramadol hydrochloride 225 and 250mg, military and police hardware were intercepted at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company.

He went on to say that the drugs originated in India and Pakistan and were routed through Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dangaladima stated that the drugs had a duty-paid value of N13.8 billion.

“These milligrams (225 and 250mg) are above allowable thresholds as contained in extant laws. The hard drugs originated from India and Pakistan and they were routed through Addis-Ababa to Lagos.

“In summary, we have a total of 162 cartons, 92,387 packs, 929,970 sachets, and 9,299,700 tablets of tramadol hydrochloride with a value of N13.8bn,” the Customs chief stated.

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He stated that the seized drugs would be turned over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The command also intercepted 309 military helmets, 106 military armless jackets, 352 ballistic body armoured pads, and 119 police badges, according to the customs chief.

Other items include five bullet-proof jackets, 33 body-side ballistic pads, and 105 ballistic chest plates.

“The suspect connected to this importation could not provide the end user certificate which is the lawful prerequisite for such importation. We have detained the suspects and the military wares, while investigation is ongoing.

“We are very mindful of the fact that 2023 is an election year in Nigeria; the inflow of traffic of these hard drugs that induce our youths to do extraordinary things (when taken) are bound to increase,” he added.

Meanwhile, the command stated that it generated N69 billion between January and December 2022.

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