The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed Airport Command announced on Wednesday the interception of a shipment of Tramadol tablets valued at N3.55 billion. The tablets were being imported from Pakistan and India. Compt. Muhammad Yusuf, the Customs Area Controller, disclosed during a press briefing that the interception was due to suspicions that the shipment exceeded the approved threshold set by the Federal Government.
Compt. Yusuf highlighted the command’s anti-smuggling efforts and stated, “The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the aforementioned items stood at N3.55 billion.” He further reported that the command had generated N74.28 billion in revenue from imports between January and October 2023, showing a 23% increase compared to the same period in 2022.
Acknowledging the efforts of officers, Compt. Yusuf emphasized the importance of proper declarations and adherence to import/export guidelines and laws. He commended the resilience of the officers in achieving the revenue collection targets, expressing gratitude to the Controller General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, for providing an enabling environment for renovations in the command. He concluded by urging the officers to stay focused and steadfast in carrying out their duties.