Western Marine Customs makes massive seizure of cannabis sativa worth N1.2 billion from high sea
*It’s the largest single seizure of hard drugs ever made by Customs on sea – Says Compt Peters
By Udeme Clement :
It was indeed most shocking and mind boggling, as Western
Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, displayed massive seizure of cannabis sativa intercepted by its operatives on the high sea.
Addressing news men in Lagos, today, the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, disclosed that the seized drugs have street value of over N1.2 billion.
This, he said, is the largest single seizure of dangerous drugs ever recorded by any Command on water in the history of Nigeria Customs.
Speaking further, the CAC, revealed that his men intercepted the hard drugs after spending several days on the high sea.
His assertion, “We intercepted these large quantity of cannabis through intelligence. The dare-devil smugglers wanted to use the opportunity of lockdown to carry out their nefarious activities, unknown to them that the Command is alert on 24 hours patrol surveillance on waterways.
“Our men were on high sea for days to ensure that they intercept these dangerous drugs”.
The CAC exclaimed, “Imagine if these quantity of cannabis had entered our country, the harm it could have caused in the society !
Comptroller Peters also revealed that the seized drugs were suspected to be coming from Ghana to Nigeria, but his operatives swiftly intercepted the items at Shashi axis.
Responding to questions on when the Command will officially hand over the hard drugs to NDLEA, he explained, “The law demands that if suspects are arressted, they must be handed over to the appropriate agency for investigation.
“If no suspect is arrested in connection with the seized drugs, the items must be destroyed in the presence of NDLEA and other government agencies”.