The Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS) Seme Area Command, on Wednesday, destroyed expired drugs valued at N168.4 million intercepted by officers of the command in Seme.
The Area Controller, Deputy Comptroller Chidi Wada, in his address before destruction of the expired items, said the command remained determined in the fight against smuggling of fake and expired drugs and its negative impacts.
“We remain resolute and determined to reduce this menace to the barest minimum.
“During the course of our operations, a total of 127 of these expired items, which are mostly medicaments, were intercepted at various instances, valued at N168, 383,511.
“They include medicaments of different brands and grams; over 455,185 cards of tablets, syrups of different brands and milligrams.
“ Also, 5,664 Chinese bottle water beverages, 157 sacks of waste animal hair, 493 sacks of expired diapers, 14,400ml of hydrogen peroxide solution, 4,120 sachets of nylon monofilament.
“Others are 558 pieces of apetamine syrup, 10 cartons of expired refined sugar, 4,225,500mg of tramadol and four packets of expired brown sugar,” he said.
Wada said that the drugs, after condemnation by the court of law and certified by National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as not fit for human consumption, would be destroyed.
“I appreciate the support and encouragement of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali rtd.and his management team; the confidence reposed on us will not be regretted under any guise.