Western Marine Customs destroys N1.2 billion dangerous drugs seized on high sea
* No hiding place for smugglers – Says Comptroller Peters
By Udeme Clement:
On-going right now is the destruction of N1.2 billion worth of cannabis sativa intercepted on the high sea, by operatives of Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.
Destruction of these offensive items is being carried out by the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, along with his officers in the presence of other security agencies, as well as Journalists.
The exercise is taking place now along Badagry axis of Lagos, outside the Command’s head office at Apapa.
The mind boggling seizure, which has being in the news for the last few weeks, is the largest single seizure of dangerous drugs ever recorded by any Command at sea, in the history of Nigeria Customs.
According to the CAC, destruction of the drugs is in tandem with the law.
His assertions, “The law demands that if suspects are arrested, they should be handed over to appropriate agency, to carry out further investigation, to unravel the syndicates behind illegal smuggling of such dangerous drugs into the economic environment.
“If no suspect is arrested in connection with the seized drugs, the items must be destroyed in the presence of other government agencies”.
He frowned, “Destruction of these drugs is vtal, because abuse of such drugs can lead to increase in criminalities in the country.
“Also, smuggling of such drugs is against the extant laws and has serious health hazards on those consuming it.
For instance, consumption of these dangerous drugs can break-down a person’s nervous system.”
Speaking further, Comptroller Peters said there is no hiding place for smugglers, as his men will leave no stone unturned in curbing their menace.