Western Marine Customs Handover N96m Worth Of Seized Drugs To NDLEA

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In its drive to rid the waterways of illegal activities of smuggling and other offensive act, the Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 1,257 loaves of Cannabis Sativa contained in 17sacks, with a total weight of 609kg and worth over N96 Million Naira.

The loaves of cannabis was seized on Wednesday 15 May 2024 by officers of the Command based on credible intellegent.

Speaking to news men at the Command on Tuesday, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller PK Bamisaye disclosed that at about 2300hrs on Wednesday 15 May 2024, a patrol team of Officers and Men of Western Marine Command at the Bar Beach Station of the Command received credible intelligence on movement of a boat on the high sea along the beach location carrying items suspected to be offending items.

Comptroller Bamisaye added that upon receiving the information, the team moved towards the described location and intercepted one fiber boat fitted with 200HP Yamaha Engine carrying sacks of the suspected items.

The seized Indian Hemp was lawfully handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Marine Command, Commander, who wad represented by Assistant Commander , Bashir Magaji.

While handing over to the NDLEA, Comptroller Bamisaye said “In the spirit of interagency synergy and collaboration in line with the Comptroller General’s (CGC) policy thrust, the Western Marine Command (WMC) under my leadership has received approval to handover 17 sacks containing 1,257 loaves of Cannabis Sativa which includes 72 loaves that were previously seized by the Command with a combined weight of 609kg worth over N96 Million to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).”

The Marine Command boss disclosed further that the Command also made seizure of foreign parboiled rice on Sunday 19th May.

“In a related development on Sunday 19 May 2024 a joint team of Officers and Men of the Command while on routine patrol along Panko Creek, Badagry Waterways, intercepted one wooden boat fitted with a 25HP Yamaha engine carrying suspected contraband items and upon sighting our patrol boats abandoned their boat and dived into the water.

“A careful examination of the items being conveyed revealed 505 Bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice having a combined DPV of N59, 185,000 of both items and Means of Conveyance.

“The actions of these smugglers is a direct contravention of sections 245 and 254 of NCS Act 2023 which WMC is responsible for enforcing”, Comptroller Bamisaye said.

He however appreciate the CGC and his Management for the motivation they provided and also appeal to the general and trading public not to engage in illicit drugs. And to stop smuggling which lead to economic sabotage as drugs continues to be a menace to society and serves as the source of other criminal acts, like banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery.

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