Ogun Customs seizes 1.8 tons of hard drugs
.Hands over items to NDLEA
By Udeme Clement
The Ogun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is in the news again.
The Command just seized and handed over 1.8 tons of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as Indian Hemp to Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Abeokuta.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Ogun Command, Comptroller Michael Agbara, while handing over the seized Cannabis Sativa, disclosed that the items were intercepted along Imeko/Ilara area of Ogun State.
Comptroller Agbara explained that the hard drugs were concealed in 176 sacks, 120 book-size packs and 21 coconut-size packs by smugglers in attempt to escape security checks but were still seized by his team.
The CAC who handed over the seized hard drugs to the State Commander of NDLEA, Ishaku Kwajafa, said the prohibited items were smuggled into Nigeria from a neighboring country.
He said, “We got information that some vehicles laden with foreign rice were packed along Imeko/Ilara area. Immediately, our men stormed the scene and discovered that the vehicles carried Indian Hemp instead and were seized accordingly”.
He informed, “We seized a total of 176 sacks of Cannabis, 120 book-size packs and 21 coconut-size packs, with a total combined weight of 1.8 tons. So, we are handing the items over to NDLEA, as part of the synergy we have with the agency in Ogun State”.
Comptroller Agbara pointed out, “As sister agencies with a common goal to protect our economic environment, we work collaboratively to advance the interest of the country. So, wherever we make any arrest that falls on NDLEA’s line of duty, we are duty-bound to hand over such items for further investigation”.
Also speaking, Kwajafa assured that NDLEA will carry out a thorough investigation to unravel the syndicate behind the crime.