By Muyiwa Lucas
Operatives of the Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted medication suspected to be hashish sativa valued at N1,002,050,000 throughout a maiden seagoing patrol on Lagos waters.
Controller of the command, Olugboyega Peters who described the seizure because the “largest single seizure” of such drug on water within the historical past of the Nigeria Customs, mentioned his males relied on intelligence and carried out around the clock surveillance for a interval of three days earlier than swooping on the goal space , the place the seizure was made .
He mentioned the suspected smugglers seen from afar with the medication dived into water to flee upon sighting customs officers approaching to make the seizure.
The Controller added that the medication had been suspected to be coming from Ghana and has handed different nations by water earlier than attending to Shashi space of Lagos the place it was seized. He disclosed additional that since no suspect was arrested in reference to the seizure, will probably be liable to destruction in collaboration with related authorities businesses like Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police.
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On seizures made throughout the first 4 months of 2020, the command , in response to him, achieved 39 seizures which is increased than 12 seizures made inside identical interval of 2019. The command made seizures with a complete obligation paid worth of N1,063,427,800 which is increased than DPV of N36,420,481.46 achieved inside identical interval of final yr.
A breakdown of the 2020 seizures made up to now exhibits 1,816 luggage of rice valued at N38,134,375; 733 cartons of poultry merchandise value N7,421,625; 104 bales of second hand clothes value N4,393,400; 665 bales of textile supplies value N2,094,400 and 112 kegs of 25 litre petroleum merchandise valued at N112,000.
Different seizures embrace 25 bales of second hand sneakers and belts value N8,019,000; 25 cartons of N8,019,000 ; 25 cartons of chewing gum value N1,203,000 and the unprecedented seizure of hashish
Comptroller Peters attributed the seizure recorded to the renewed spirit of labor amongst officers and males of the command to realize the Controller Normal of Customs strategic plan of zero tolerance to smuggling.
He additionally attributed it to excessive degree of intelligence gathering and enhanced customs neighborhood relations along with shut collaboration with different authorities businesses just like the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corp, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police amongst others.