Nigeria Customs seize imported fake drugs, others worth N356 million

Three container loads of fake Acicep, Lemdafil, and Ciprogyl drugs have been intercepted by officers of the Nigeria Customs Federal Operation Unit in Lagos.

Mohammed Garba, the Customs Area Controller, told journalists in Lagos on Wednesday that the goods which included fake drugs, cables and other contraband, were shipped into the country in one 40 feet and two 20 feet containers and are worth over N356 million.

He added that the importers of the fake drugs are now at large despite paying a duty of more than N31 million for the containers.

“14 Fourteen containers were seized by the unit for false declaration and breach of Customs law, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N104,684,023.7,” said Mr. Garba.

Other items in the seized containers included bales of used clothing, Indian hemp, frozen poultry products, used tyres and vehicles among others.

“While seven containers carried unprocessed wood, one container carried scrap metals, another carried wet blue (leather) for export. All fall under export prohibition list,” said Mr. Garba, who added that the items were impounded between August 29 and October 3.

“Three of the seized containers were medicaments without import documents and certification. Two containers carried a purported made-in- Nigeria cables, but were imported from China.

“The importer declared the item as electric distribution board and ballast. Only God knows what would have happened if these fake products get into our market.”

The used vehicles, totalling 11 in number, and with a duty paid value of N125 million included two Lexus Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), one Toyota Rav4, two Toyota Camry, five Mercedes Benz and one IVECO truck.

“Also, we have 17 vehicles of various models in detention,” Mr. Garba said.

“The vehicles were evacuated from car marts due to the infraction noticed in their document. As I speak with you, the owners have not provided Customs papers in respect of some of the vehicles, but we have given them enough room to provide the documents.

“The vehicles under detention have a duty paid value of N141,877,496.15.”


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