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Drug smuggling: customs seizes N1.4bn tramadol at Seme

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Area Command, said it has intercepted some items suspected to be tramadol capsules concealed in adult diapers in a container.

Spokesman of the command, Hussain Abdulahi, said the items have a duty paid value of about N1.45 billion and were seized in a container marked MRKU 9090415.

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He quoted the Customs Area Controller, Bello Jibo, as saying that the container was handed over to the command on Nov. 15 by the Republic of Benin.

“On the Dec. 20, Seme Customs Service invited other security agencies and stakeholders to witness the examination of the said container. The items discovered during 100 percent examination are 200 packages of adult diapers, 100 cartoons of Gabadol 120mg suspected to be tramadol equivalent to 360kg.

“The diapers were smartly arranged at the front of the container while the drugs were was the back. I directed that samples be taken out officially and handed over to National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ascertain and confirm the drugs,” he said.

He said investigation has commenced while no suspected has been arrested in connection with the seizure.

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Source: Ships & Ports