MMAC Makes Billions of Naira Drug Seizure, Generates N74.2 Billion in Ten Months
No less than N3.5 billion worth of unregistered pharmaceutical products suspected to be tramadol have been intercepted by the Murtala Muhammad Airport Command.
The Area Controller, Muhammad Sani Yusuf also told newsmen in Lagos today that the Command generated more than N74.2 billion in the last ten months. This is in comparison with the revenue last year which stood at N60,056,125,833.29 kobo.
Compt Yusuf said this shows a progressive difference of more than N14.2 billion, depicting a 23 per cent increase. According to him, the command so far has met 76.34 per cent of its annual target.
This, he stated was made possible as a result of resilience of his officers and men in ensuring that agents were made to do proper declarations and to adhere strictly to import/export guidelines in tandem with extant laws.
On the seizure of the tramadol, he said the grammes smuggled were very dangerous if they were allowed to find their way to the public space. He equally disclosed that some suspects were arrested with regard to this seizures.
ANTI-SMUGGLING: In the area of anti-smuggling activities, Officers and men of Murtala Muhammed Airport Command are not resting on their oars in enforcing government fiscal policies and other trade guidelines. The Command has intercepted unregistered pharmaceutical products suspected to be Tramadol tablets. The shipment was intercepted on the suspicion of exceeding the approved threshold by the Federal Government. The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the aforementioned items stood Three Billion, five hundred and fifty six million, eight hundred and two thousand, nine hundred and forty two naira, eighteen kobo (₦ 3,556, 802,942.18k). It has been scheduled for handing over today during this press briefing.
STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT: In the area of stakeholder’s engagement, the Command has maintained its open-door policy and resolved a lot of issues of common interest with concerned stakeholders. Let me also at this juncture thank our critical Stakeholders, Sister Agencies and the Media for their collaborative efforts and synergy while carrying out our statutory mandate in the state.
Finally, I want to use this medium to profoundly thank the Controller General of Customs BA Adeniyi (MFR) for providing an enabling environment as regards to the renovation in the Command. Let me extend same gratitude to Officers and Men of Murtala Muhammed Airport Command. I also want to urge Officers and men of the Command to remain focused and steadfast in discharging their assigned responsibilities.