The Nigeria Customs Service promoted the officer who rejected the $420K bribe offered by a drug trafficking cartel, to take delivery of 41 smuggled containers of Tramadol.
Recall that it was reported last year that the Apapa command of the service intercepted 40x40ft containers of pharmaceutical products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N7.31 billion. Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col.
Hameed Ali told newsmen;
“I commend the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye and her management team for their collaboration in the attainment of the interception.
“It is indeed worrisome to note that there are Nigerians who are ready to make money at the expense of human lives by bringing in such quantity of drugs that have grave consequences on health and national security.
“In the criminal desperation, importers of these items offered bribes to the tune of N150 million to my officers to effect the release of just one 40ft container with promises of even bigger sums to follow in the event that their attempt succeeds. The officers played along and eventually arrested three suspects with the money.”