Nigeria Customs intercepts N150 million worth of cannabis

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs has intercepted substances put at over N150, 000, 000 million.

The Customs Area Controller, Western Marine Command, Comptroller, Yusuf Umar while handing over the substances to the Lagos State NDLEA Commander Alhaji Sule Aliyu said the interception took place along Igbo-Ojanla near Badagry.

Umar who praised the men and officers under his command noted that the capable Customs Investigation Unit operatives made the seizure of forty-eight bales of cannabis possible.

Umar, who used the opportunity to highlight some of the achievements and challenges recorded in the previous, narrated how his men who were carrying out their statutory functions, were attacked by smugglers, cutting them with machete on their heads, limbs and other parts of their bodies.

He revealed that the command in 2015 recorded a total number of 41 seizures of various items with a duty paid value (DPV) of N72, 719, 677. 00, which he noted approximated to 78% increase as against the total number of 30 seizures with a duty paid value of N28, 828, 517.40 in 2014.

The Zonal Coordinator Zone “A” Assistant Comptroller- General of Customs Eporwei Dike, who represented the Comptroller- General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) at the occasion, in his contribution, commended the men and officers of the Western Marine Command for a job well done.

He noted that regardless of inadequate equipment to navigate the water ways, the command had proceeded to achieve this feat, stressing that he is optimistic that with this news getting to the notice of the CGC, all the demands they presented to him when he visited the command recently will be acceded to.

Eporwei called on the members of the public to stop patronising those who indulge in trafficking hard drugs even as he emphasised the damage it does to the health of those who are addicted to hard drugs.

In his contribution, the Lagos State NDLEA Commander Alhaji Sule Aliyu thanked the Customs for the concerted efforts its various commands are putting into the volatile war against smuggling and most especially against drugs that are offensive to the law.

He assured the general public that with synergy that now exists within all security agencies, the sordid affairs of smugglers will be reduced to its barest minimum.