By Eric Elezuo
The Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted and handed over two 40 feet containers falsely declared as containing vehicles and computer accessories, to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control .
The service said instead of three used vehicles, cartons of makeup kits, 850 cartons of computer accessories (keyboard and mouse), declared in the manifest, 240 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride, 240 cartons of Double Extra Strong Tramadol, 240 cartons of Super Power Tramadol Hydrochloride, 70 cartons of Ibamol and 60 cartons of Really Extra Analgesique were found in the containers.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Customs command, Uche Ejesieme, on Wednesday stated that the seizure was sequel to the latest operational methodology adopted by the command through profiling, cargo selectivity and system checks of the advance electronic manifest.
It quoted the Area Controller of the command, Bashar Yusuf, as saying that the command was adopting the procedures to ensure that all imports were electronically monitored with a view to identifying non-compliance and other infractions.
The containers were said to have been flagged following some reported discrepancies in the documentation and declaration made in the Single Goods Declaration form.
The 2 x 40ft containers with Nos. MSKU 071916/0 and MRKU 256545/8, had been handed over to officials of the National Agency for Foods, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in an elaborate ceremony.
A representative of the DG NAFDAC, Abubakar Salisu Abdu, the Chief Regulatory Officer NAFDAC Port Health Tincan Island Port, Lagos, was on hand to receive the goods.