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Western Marine Customs Hands Over Seized Illicit Drugs to NDLEA

The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command  on Thursday 7th September 2023 handed over 8,240 parcels of cannabis sativa also known as marijuana and 23,000 100mg of tramadol to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos.

The Customs Area Controlle, O.A Salefu reveal this  at the hand over ceremony at the Command’s headquarters in Ibafon.

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IMG 20230907 WA0108Comptroller O.A Salefu noted that on Thursday 3rd August 2023, at about 0400hrs the Command upon a follow-up on one of its numerous lead, received credible intelligence, that a crime was about to be committed, noting that information reached the Command that an attempt will be made to smuggle a large shipment of cannabis sativa into the country through the western waterways from a neighboring country.

The Command immediately assembled a joint patrol Team of Marine patrol Officers and set out towards the Ibeju Lekki Deep Sea costal water where they intercepted and arrested one wooden Boat with Two (2) Yamaha outboard Engines (40hp each) loaded with 103 Sacks of substances immediately suspected to be Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana)

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IMG 20230907 WA0103The smugglers upon sighting our patrol Team dived into the water and abandoned their Boat with all the items in it which was immediately brought to Western Marine Command Headquarters Ibafon APAPA and found to contain 8,240 parcels (loaves) of Cannabis Sativa having a total weight of 3,811 kg.

Duty paid value of the cannabis sativa stands at N692,160,000 (Six Hundred and Ninety Two Million, One Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira Only) with a total weight of 3,811 kilograms while the duty paid value of the means of conveyance and two Yamaha outboard engines of 40 horse power each stands at N7,350,000 (Seven Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only). These give a combined duty paid value of N699,510,000 (Six Hundred And Ninety Nine Million, Five Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira Only) for the entire seizure.

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IMG 20230907 WA0105The inordinate quest by citizens to get rich by any means necessary fuels the menace of smuggling, citizens must understand that smuggling is injurious to our economy and smuggling of hard drugs has even more devastating effect on our health and the economy.

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Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service while facilitating Trade continue to stand as the frontier along our waterways to guard the Nation under very strenuous and challenging circumstances against illicit and illegal trade that brings injuries to our economy and health.

While appreciating the media and the general public for their patriotic and nationalistic reportage, I wish to remind you that we must partner together to rid our Nation of unhealthy and dangerous trade practices that have the potential to bring us down as people.

9. Profound appreciation goes to the CGC and his Management Team who have given the Command the needed motivation and impetus to go after smugglers, performing our statutory responsibilities and we pledge our loyalty to the NCS Management and to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600, hubitokoria@gmail.com

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