The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the National Agency for Foods, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have intercepted 40 × 40ft containers of pharmaceutical products including tramadol at the Apapa port.
Customs boss, retired Col. Hameed Ali, disclosed this on Thursday while addressing newsmen on the development.
Ali said the interception of the products was made through the combined efforts of Customs officials and their NAFDAC counterparts.
He said, “It is indeed worrisome to note that there are Nigerians who are ready to make money at the expense of human lives by bringing in such quantity of drugs that have grave consequences on health and national security.
“In the criminal desperation, importers of these items offered bribes to the tune of N150 million to my officers to effect the release of just one 40ft container with promises of even bigger sums to follow in the event that their attempt succeeds.
“The officers played along and eventually arrested three suspects with the money.”
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently uncovered 340 million Tramadol tablets in 12 containers at the Apapa Port in Lagos.