Customs impounds N32m cannabis

. NDLEA vows to fish out suspects

The Western Marine command (WMC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Tuesday , handed over cannabis worth N32, 750, 000 to the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the command headquarters in Lagos.
The banned substances weighing about a tonne, is said to have been intercepted at the creeks within Yekeme,Badagry and border axis, as the owners abandoned their weeds when they sighted men of the service.
In the first quarter of 2019, the command said it made seizures of various items like frozen poultry products, foreign parboiled rice and cannabis from different places within its area of coverage.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Boyiliya Binge told journalists that the command had made a total of seizure of 2,035 bags of foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value of about N44,973,500 in the first three months of the year.
He added that the command intecepted 1,308 cartons of frozen poultry product; cannabis and other items with total DPV of N90,967,000, within the period.

The Customs boss quipped that no suspect was arrested in connection with the seizures , saying the smugglers abandoned their items and jumped into the waters.
Comptroller Binga stated that the management teams are working hard to ensure that the sea going vessels are launched as soon as possible, even as he said that officers of the service have been trained to man the vessels.
While receiving the seized drugs from the customs boss, Area Controller the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Seme /Kraker ,Command, Udotong Essien commended the service for the display of integrity.

Essien said noted that the anti narcotic agency would carry out its own investigations to unravel the people behind the illegal busines
“It takes integrity for the Controller to transfer this amount of seizure. Don’t forget we are talking of over N30million worth of hard drugs here.
“I am very sure if he wanted to compromise, he would have taken such amount of money. There are some agencies that make such seizure and pretend not to know what to do,” he said.

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