Nigeria Customs Seizes Counterfeit Drugs Worth N1.7bn in Oyo/Osun

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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In a significant operation, the Nigeria Customs Service Area Controller for Oyo/Osun Area Command, Dr. Ben Oramalugo, disclosed the interception of counterfeit pharmaceuticals amounting to a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,739,000,000.00. The seized drugs included Augmentin tablets, Ampiclox, and Amoxycillin capsules, concealed in 53 sacks.

Oramalugo revealed these findings during the second press conference of 2024 held at the operational headquarters of the command in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Thursday.

During the period spanning February 1 to 27, 2024, the Oyo/Osun Customs Controller reported a total revenue collection of N5,664,295,751.15. Adding this to the previously collected sum of N6,824,954,338.96 for January 2024, the cumulative revenue for the fiscal year 2024 amounted to N12,489,250,090.11.

In addition to the counterfeit drugs, the Oyo/Osun command seized various contraband items, including foreign parboiled rice, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Cannabis Sativa, used tyres, foreign wine, and used clothing and shoes. These seizures were valued at significant sums, contributing to the command’s efforts to combat smuggling and enforce government policies, especially in light of economic challenges and border security issues.

Oramalugo emphasized the dedication of the command’s officers to revenue collection and anti-smuggling operations despite prevailing economic difficulties. He commended the collaborative efforts of sister security agencies, such as the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police Force, and others, in ensuring border security and combating smuggling activities.

Furthermore, Oramalugo expressed gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs, BA Adeniyi, and his management team for their support. He also acknowledged the support of Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and other stakeholders in facilitating the command’s operations.

In conclusion, Oramalugo reassured the public of the Nigeria Customs Service’s commitment to collaboration with government agencies, stakeholders, and the general public to address border security challenges effectively.


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