Customs Seize N1.7bn Worth of Fake Drugs in Oyo/Osun

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The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS), under the control of Dr. Ben Oramalugo, has intercepted a sizable quantity of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, including Augmentin tablets, Ampiclox, and Amoxicillin capsules. 

Speaking during the 2024 second press conference held at the command's operational headquarters in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, Oramalugo disclosed that these illicit items were cleverly concealed within 53 sacks, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) totaling a staggering N1,739,000,000.00.

Highlighting the command's operational achievements, Oramalugo shared that within the period spanning February 1 through 27, 2024, the command had collected a substantial sum amounting to N5,664,295,751.15. 

This impressive figure added to the already amassed N6,824,954,338.96 from the preceding month of January 2024, culminating in a total of N12,489,250,090.11 for the fiscal year of 2024.

In addition to the interception of fake pharmaceuticals, the Oyo/Osun command had seized various contraband items, further underscoring their commitment to combating illegal activities within their jurisdiction. 

These seizures included 345 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 344 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Cannabis Sativa, used tyres, foreign wine, and a significant quantity of used clothing and shoes.

Oramalugo emphasized the dedication of the command's officers amidst the prevailing economic challenges, asserting that their efforts in revenue collection reflected the command's commitment to contributing to the nation's economic stability. 

He lauded their diligence in enforcing customs duties and taxes, aligning with the Nigeria Customs Service's mandate.

Acknowledging the complexities posed by economic challenges and attempts to compromise border integrity, Oramalugo emphasized the strategic positioning of the command's anti-smuggling activities. 

These efforts were geared towards ensuring the enforcement of the Federal Government's policy on border closure, amidst emerging economic uncertainties.

Expressing gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs, B.A Adeniyi, and his management team for their unwavering support, Oramalugo also commended the collaborative efforts of sister security agencies. 

These included the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, NDLEA, Oyo State Operation Burst, and Amotekun Corps. He urged continued collaboration to address the challenges effectively.

Furthermore, Oramalugo extended appreciation to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, and other stakeholders for their generous support towards the command's operations. In closing, he reassured citizens of the Nigeria Customs Service's commitment to collaborative efforts with government agencies, stakeholders, and the general public in addressing prevailing challenges and ensuring national security.

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