Nigeria Customs intercept N1.2bn worth of cannabis
Operatives of the Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) have intercepted drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa esteemed at N1,002,050,000 during a seagoing patrol on Lagos waters.
Controller of the order, Olugboyega Peters who depicted the seizure as the “largest single seizure” of such drug on the water throughout the entire existence of the Nigeria Customs, said his men relied on intelligence and carried out round the clock surveillance for a period of three days before swooping on the target area, where the seizure was made
As indicated by him, the presumed runners seen from far off with the medications plunged into the water to escape after locating customs officials drawing closer to make the seizure.
“The drugs were suspected to be coming from Ghana and had passed other countries by water before getting to Shashi area of Lagos where it was seized.
“Since no suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure, it will be liable to destruction in collaboration with relevant government agencies like National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Police,” he said.
Peters said that the command had achieved 39 seizures within the first four months of the year, which is higher than 12 seizures made within the same period of 2019.
He said that the command made seizures with a complete obligation paid estimation of N1,063,427,800 which was higher than DPV of N36,420,481.46 accomplished inside a similar time of a year ago.
A breakdown of the 2020 seizures made so far shows 1,816 sacks of rice esteemed at N38,134,375; 733 containers of poultry items worth N7,421,625; 104 bunches of recycled garments worth N4,393,400; 665 bundles of material materials worth N2,094,400 and 112 barrels of 25-liter oil-based commodities esteemed at N112,000.
Different seizures incorporate 25 bundles of recycled shoes and belts worth N8,019,000; 25 containers of N8,019,000; 25 containers of biting gum worth N1,203,000 and the exceptional seizure of cannabis.
The Comptroller credited the seizure recorded to the renewed spirit of work among officials and men of the order to accomplish the Comptroller General of Customs’ vital arrangement of zero resistance to sneaking.
He likewise credited it to a significant level of knowledge assembling and upgraded customs network relations.
Peters said this was notwithstanding close coordinated effort with other government offices like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, among others.