The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed Airport Command (MMAC) in Lagos State has intercepted hard drugs, military and police apparatus.
The cargo was discovered at the freight division, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO), of the local wing.
The customs inspector, Comptroller Sambu Dangaladema, announced the zone’s interception at a media conference on Tuesday.
The drugs consist of 162 cartons of Tramadol hydrochloride 225 and 250mg banned, military and police devices.
The drugs originated from India and Pakistan and were routed through Addis Ababa to Lagos, with an estimated duty-paid value (DPV) of approximately N14 billion.
Dangaladema disclosed that the illegal items included 92,387 packages, 929,970 bags and 9,299,700 tablets.
“These are 225 and 250 mg above the permissible limits as given by applicable laws. We have a total of 9,299,700 tablets of Tramadol hydrochloride with a DPV of 13.8 billion nitrogen.”
The drug and suspect, Samson Olayuan Tantuluhon, will be handed over from 29 Okejide Street, Ejigbo in Lagos to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The packets, which have been intercepted for weeks for the 2023 general election, are found in two AWBs, 118-11860343/3 and 118-18860332/5.
The devices were 309 pieces of military helmets, 106 pieces of military armless jackets, 352 pieces of ballistic body armor and 119 pieces of police armbands.
Others are five bulletproof vests, 33 pieces of side body ballistics pads and 105 pieces of ballistic chest plates.
“The connected suspects were unable to provide the end-user certificate. We have detained Mr. Olaolu Marquis, the suspects and the goods. Investigations are ongoing,” Dangaladema said.
However, the Comptroller added that the matter generated N69.77 billion between January and December 2022.
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