So, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS has made one of its largest seizures of 2018.

The NCS, through its Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone A, Ikeja declared the seizure of contraband (prohibited items) worth 2.55 billion naira just within two weeks, that is, between July 25 and August 7.

Among the seized items were: 2,748 cartons of DSP Codeine cough syrup worth 1.2 million naira.

The Controller, NCS, FOU, Mr Mohammed Garuba, stated on Wednesday that the codeine syrup was found in a MAN diesel truck with registration number XB 286 BEN, along Afromedia Estate, by Egbeda junction, beside Alaba International market.

In May, the Federal Government declared a ban on importation of cough syrup containing codeine after a BBC documentary highlighted the abuse of the syrup among youths.

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According to Garuba, this is the second time in a row the unit was intercepting the substance since the ban.

He added that information had also led to the evacuation of 49 cartons of 100mg Tramadol capsules from a warehouse in Ajao Estate, saying that the drugs would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC for further investigation.

He listed contraband intercepted within the period to include 21 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1,031kg and four pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29.35kg which were evacuated from a shop located in Tejuosho market in Victoria Island, based on information by the Warehouse Operations team led by Mutalib Sule.

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