Customs Impounds 7,000 Pieces Of Donkey Genitals, Fake Drugs In Lagos

Customs officials addressing the press.

 

About seven thousand pieces of Donkey male genital parts have been intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCoS) Murtala Mohammed Airport Cargo Command, Lagos.

The suspected cargo was meant for exportation to Hong Kong.

The Customs Area Controller Sambo Dangaladima explained that the seized dried donkey genital parts were parked in sixteen sacks.

“Upon interception of the seven thousand donkey male genitals, the importers falsely declared these illegal wildlife parts as cow male genitals. After due examination, my export officers discovered they were donkey male genitals,” he said.

“It’s the first time we are seizing this type of item and we will not allow such illegal wildlife trade to thrive under our watch”.

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The seized parts were handed over to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service represented by Deputy Superintendent Adebimpe Adetunji.

Subsequently, the Command handed over nine hundred and twelve (912) packs of thirty-nine, thousand four hundred and ninety-one (39,941) tablets of fake pharmaceutical products (without NAFDAC registration number) imported from Pakistan to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The Operations Officer of the Agency at SAHCOL Hassan Yusuf said that “we need a lot of synergies to eradicate illegal importation of fake pharmaceuticals. The inscriptions on the drugs are in the Arabic language. How will a common man know this?”

While speaking on the need for a saner society, Comptroller Sambo Dangaladima charged all importers to dwell on the acceptable milligrams of Tramadol allowed for importation. He also handed over one thousand, one hundred and fifty-eight packs of one hundred and fifteen thousand, eight hundred tablets of Tramadol to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

He stressed that “The required milligram is 100 and it must be properly documented, two hundred and twenty-five is not allowed. We want everyone to follow and key into the system by doing the right thing; we have no other country but Nigeria”.

Speaking further on the revenue generation drive of the Command in the first two quarters of this year 2022, the Command, he said, has raked in thirty-four billion, seven hundred and fifty-seven million, six hundred and
eighty-three thousand and twenty-two naira (N34,757,683,022) as against
twenty-nine billion, five hundred and ninety-five million, sixteen thousand,
four hundred and thirty naira (N29,595,016,430) generated in the corresponding
period of 2021; with a corresponding revenue increase of five billion, one hundred and sixty-two million, six hundred and sixty-two thousand, five hundred and ninety two naira (N5,162,662,592).

This represents an increase in revenue by 18%. He warned would-be dubious importers to stop making use of the command to perpetrate their uncustoms trade or risk running bankrupt.

Kung Fu Panda, Shrek Debut In World’s Biggest Gambling Destination

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc, the movie studio famous for family films like “Madagascar” and “Shark Tale”, has entered into a licensing agreement in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling destination, in a push to diversify revenues.

The deal with billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Sands China Ltd allows the casino operator to use characters like Shrek and Po from “Kung Fu Panda” in the casinos as Sands moves to attract leisure and family visitors.

California-based DreamWorks announced the deal on Tuesday with popular franchise characters on display. Guests at Sands’ Venetian and Cotai Central resorts will be able to see and interact with the characters during their stays, the film company said. The deal takes effect on July 1.

DreamWorks’ venture in Macau may help boost the $2 billion company’s efforts in China after it posted its first quarterly loss in almost six years in February.

In an advertising splash, DreamWorks took out three full-page color advertisements on Tuesday in Hong Kong’s main English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, displaying Po, Shrek, and the animal cast of “Madagascar”, asking readers to guess where they were taking their next holiday.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony, is the only place in China where people are legally allowed to gamble in casinos. More than two-thirds of Macau’s visitors come from mainland China.

Chinese and Macau government officials have been pushing for casino operators like Sands to diversify their operations to appeal to a more mass-market international tourist destination.

Macau is heavily reliant on the gambling industry, with more than 70 percent of tax revenues coming from the casinos. Tourists come primarily to gamble as opposed to Las Vegas, where shows, fine dining and other forms of entertainment are in higher demand.

Rival casino operators located adjacent to Sands’ resorts on Macau’s Cotai strip have also been trying to diversify their gambling offerings. Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd, owned by Hong Kong billionaire Lawrence Ho and Australian tycoon James Packer, produces the House of Dancing Water show, while Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd has a cinema and a skytop wave pool.

Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday

Christians all over the world especially Catholics and other orthodox denominations are today celebrating Palm Sunday, a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter.

The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four gospels.

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves, often tied into crosses, to the assembled worshippers

According to the gospel, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the joyful crowd laid down their cloaks and small branches of trees in front of him.