This is definitely sad news for ‘science students’. But it doesn’t matter.

Thanks to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC and Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, which has seized containers of tramadol with a street value of 193 billion Naira over the past one year.

In a statement, the Director-General of the agency, Professor Moji Adeyeye, said the seizures were made during a joint examination of containers at the Apapa Port, Lagos which was coordinated by the Nigeria Customs Service.

According to Adeyeye, about 23 out of 80 40ft containers on the agency’s watch list since November 2017 were examined on Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15 and it contained tramadol.

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"These examined containers consist of 128,922 cartons of high strength of tramadol (120mg, 200mg, 225mg and 250mg), which was estimated to be worth about 6,446,100,000 Naira in addition to 321,146 cartons of other unregistered pharmaceutical products. The worth of tramadol on the street is estimated to be at about 193,383,000,000 Naira on an average cost of 1,500,000 Naira per carton of tramadol,” the statement read.

She said the drugs emanated from India, adding that the seizure was an outcome of previous communications with the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service in September 2018 about containers suspected to be conveying tramadol and other unregistered pharmaceuticals as well as other NAFDAC regulated products.

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