Onne Customs arrests five over tramadol theft, rejects N1m bribe

CAC Galadima Saidu, showing the seized
stolen items to newsmen in Onne, Rivers.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Onne Port, on Tuesday made public its arrest of persons who were caught stealing already seized tramadol, a drug that has been banned due to abuse, particularly by youths.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Galadima Saidu, told newsmen that the stolen drugs were already seized but the container was broken while some drugs were parked into two vehicles.

The CAC also said that the customs as well turned down a-N1m bribe given to allow the theft, as the money was paraded as part of the exhibit.

“On July 30, 2019 at about 2240hrs, the Command arrested some men who broke and opened a 1x 40 ft seized container comprising of drugs constructively warehoused and loaded same into two vehicles – Mercedes Benz Jeep with registration number: EPE 828 AR (M/Benz) and Toyota Camry with registration number : EKY 159 BD,” Saudi said.

 A breakdown of the seizures shows 14 cartons of 50 packs per carton and forty-nine (49) extra packs of cols Time Tablets; Four cartons of (22 packets per carton) and ten (10) extra packets of Really Extra Analgesic; Two (2) cartons – (60 packets per carton) of Tramadol Tablets; One (1) carton and 10 packs of Really Extra-analgesic and anti-inflammative tablets.

He added that an interim committee was immediately set up to investigate the incident, with the five suspects and the vehicles detained.

An exhibit of N1 million was recovered from an Officer who was instructed to play –along the deal in order to get to the architect of the conspiracy, and the five suspects are being transferred to the court for prosecution.

Expressing disgust at the development, Saidu said: “It is regrettable to note that while the Nigeria Customs Service is working round the clock to free this country of illicit goods, some recalcitrant and unpatriotic citizens are not relenting in their desperate urge to sabotage our efforts by spreading harmful drugs.

“The Nigeria Customs is poised to leaving no stone unturned at ensuring that these perpetrators know no sleep as long as they refuse to give up.”