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Nigerian customs seize illegal tramadol shipment at port

AFP  |  Lagos 

Customs officials in today said they had seized banned drugs, including the powerful pain killer tramadol popular with jihadists such as Haram.

Customs Service spokesman said it was discovered in four containers of that arrived in from

The at the seaport, Jubrin Musa, said the drugs were not certified by the National and Drug Administration and Control as they exceeded required limits.

"Tramadol is not under trade prohibition but it is controlled and regulated," he told AFP.

"Where you import milligrammes over and above the control limit, that is where the law is infringed upon."

Haram fighters are known to have used tramadol during their nearly nine-year quest to establish a hardline Islamic state in

In December last year, the also issued a warning about the non-medical use of the synthetic opioid across and its use by jihadists.

It said the rise in consumption and trafficking of the drug was "serious, worrying and needs to be addressed as soon as possible".

Yearly seizures of tramadol in have risen from 300 kilogrammes (660 pounds) to more than three tonnes since 2013, according to the UNODC's World Drug Report 2017.

The report said the drug was mainly manufactured in and smuggled through the Gulf of by international criminal gangs into areas where Islamist extremists operate.

In September last year, more than three million tablets were discovered in Nigeria in boxes marked with the UN logo packed on a truck driving from Nigeria to northern Mali, it added.

Nigeria is currently battling a number of security challenges, including Haram's insurgency.

Jubrin said the drug "could have further aggravated the already tense situation in the country" had it found its way into wider circulation.

One suspect has been arrested over the imports, he added.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 18:30 IST