Customs Ogun 1 Seizes Illicit Drugs, Other Prohibited Goods

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In its continuous move to curbing illicit trade and safeguarding the nation from road accidents and harmful substances, the Nigeria Customs Service Ogun 1 Command has recorded the seizure of 53 sacks, and 569 parcels of Cannabis Sativa commonly known as marijuana or Indian hemp and weighing a total of 1,179 kilograms.

Speaking at a media briefing on Friday 6th October in Abeokuta, the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR disclosed that the seizures were made between September 18 and September 30, 2023.

Ag. CGC Adewale Adeniyi hinted that aside from the seizure of the illicit drugs, the Command also intercepted the importation of foreign-used Pneumatic tyres, more commonly known as Tokunbo tyres which are ring-shaped protective coverings made of rubber and filled with compressed air, typically used in foreign countries.

He added that they are deemed unsuitable for Nigeria highways as a significant number of these tyres have exceeded their recommended lifespan from their manufacturing date.

In his wirds “According to safety experts, good-quality pneumatic tyres are safe for use for only four years from the date of manufacturing. Any usage beyond this duration poses a significant risk to motorists and jeopardizes their lives”.

 

He hinted that within the period under review, the Command apprehended 3,149 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kilograms, alongside 32 vehicles used for conveyance, among other items.

The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the
seizures which were executed at various locations, including Papa/Ajegunle, Ilaro road, Imasayi/Joga road, Ijebu Ode axis, and Odogbolu bush path along Ijebu Ode road in Ogun State is said ro amounts to N241,977,943.00.

Stressing the Service unwavering commitment to safeguarding the nation, CGC Adewale Adeniyi said “It is essential to highlight that these seizures are a testament to our renewed determination and strategic deployment of both human and material resources.

“Our commitment to protecting Nigerians from the audacious actions of daredevil smugglers remains unwavering..we reaffirm our dedication to our duty and pledge to ensure all Nigerians’ safety and well-being. We are resolute in our mission to curb illicit trade, safeguard our roads from dangerous tyres, and protect our youth from the devastating effects of illicit drugs. Your support and understanding are invaluable as we work together to build a safer and stronger Nigeria” Adeniyi quipped.

Recalled that the Service, in a previous press conference held on August 7, 2023, drew attention to the grave issue of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana or Indian hemp.

This psychoactive drug is derived from the cannabis plant and has seen a concerning rise in abuse within Nigerian society, especially among the youth.

The Srvicer highlighted the ingenious tactics employed by those engaged in this nefarious trade, including smuggling through land borders, utilizing creeks, and even resorting to smuggling via air routes.

The Nigeria Customs Service’s reaffirmed it’s commitment to protecting society from the entry of harmful substances and ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians.

 

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