Agency receives seized drugs worth over N289m from Customs

The Kwara State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has handed over 48 sacks containing 3,593kg of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) to the Kwara State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA).

The event  took place at the office of the Customs Area Controller in Ilorin on Tuesday.

The state Controller, Comptroller Ahmed Hussein Bello disclosed that the duty paid value of the seized items is put at (N237,138,000.00) and another separate seizure of 129kgwith a duty paid value of (N7,740,000) were also recorded which brought the total duty paid value of the seized drugs to (N244,878,000.00).

According to him, the customs is aware that NDLEA is a federal agency established and charged with responsibilities of eliminating the growing, cultivating,  processing, selling, trafficking of hard drugs and investigating persons suspected to have dealings in drugs and other related matters.

The Comptroller clarified that “the state Customs and NDLEA have never for once had any lapses in inter departmental collaboration or confused their duties as erroneously reported in some quarters.”

He reiterated the command’s resolved to rid the state off all prohibited goods warning that “the ban importation of foreign rice, used vehicles through the land borders, vegetable oil, secondhand clothings, used tyres, and other dangerous drugs such as Marijuana, tramadol is still in place.”

Comptroller Ahmed warned that the state command of the Nigeria Customs Service is committed to enforcing this to the letter.

He disclosed that the command has made it’s territories unfavourable for smugglers of dangerous drugs, foreign rice and other prohibited items which had led to seizures of drugs by the command.

Receiving the items, the state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Ambrose Umar said that the seized items would be destroyed soon through burning in the presence of the media and stakeholders in the state.

Mr Umar confirmed that there was a cordial relationship between the NDLEA and the customs service in the country.

Source: Voice of Nigeria