The Nigerian Customs Service, Apapa Command has confiscated seven (7) 40ft containers with pharmaceutical products.
The containers were said to have different products as against what was in the manifest.
Briefing journalists in Lagos, the Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, Jibrin Mohammed said the resolve for 100% examination of every consignment was responsible for the seizure.
Handing over the containers to National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Jibrin stated that the feat was a practical exhibition of the collaboration between Apapa Customs and other sister agencies working within the port.
According to him, “in the course of 100% examination, we discovered that what was declared in manifest and our system was Cimetadine, but what we saw were kinds of pharmaceutical products.
“We are not relenting on our efforts to discover these anomalies and to punish the culprits.
“We have arrested the agent and through the agent, we will get the importer. We will continue in our resolve to examine every container coming into the country 100%. With this, we will eradicate such anomalies” Comptroller Jubrin added.
The seven containers were said to contain different pharmaceutical products ranging Vixagrip, Newdol, Original, Mixagrip, Really Extra and Tramadol 200. These drugs according to Customs, were not registered NAFDAC.
The seven containers were handed over to NAFDAC for further investigations in line with the core mandate of the agency, which is responsible for drug and food related crimes.
Receiving the containers, the representative of NAFDAC, Pharmacist Oluyemi Ogunrin, Assistant Director, Port Inspection, eulogized the Apapa Customs Command for their doggedness towards sanitization of criminal acts perpetrated by some unscrupulous elements in the society.