A joint Taskforce of officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and officials of NAFDAC during the weekend destroyed N14.7 billion worth of Tramadol seized from various parts of the country.
Director General of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, during the exercise expressed concern over the increasing rate of mental disorder among youths, saying it is rooted in drug abuse.
Prof Adeyeye, represented by Deputy Director of the Agency Joseph Asikpo also blamed importers of illicit drugs for the prevailing drug induced sicknesses like cancer, renal failure and heart failures.
“The adverse effects of these illicit drugs on consumers include contracted pupils, extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat, weak muscles and loss of consciousness which could lead to death” she said, noting that the drugs could also cause neurological toxicity, respiratory failure and cardiac disturbances.
Also speaking at the resumed destruction of tramadol and other prohibited/fake at Oke-diya dumpsite in Sagamu, Ogun State, Chairman of the joint committee, Victor Dimka told journalists that smugglers will continue to suffer huge economic losses if they continue with such importations.
Dimka, who is Comptroller Enforcement at Customs Headquarters, described the seizures made in different parts of the country as proof of uncompromising commitment to enforcement by Customs and NAFDAC officials.
“This destruction is in continuation of the exercise we started 24th July 2019 involving 58 containers of illicit drugs seized by our men. After the Lagos exercise we shall be going to Port Harcourt and Kaduna to continue with the destruction” he said.
Speaking earlier at the event, Comptroller General of Customs who was represented by ACG Zone A, Mrs Katharine Ekekezie urged Nigerians to distant themselves from illicit drugs.