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N1.2billion Cannabis has been intercepted by the Nigeria Customs service

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N1.2billion Cannabis has been intercepted by the Nigeria Customs service

Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) has intercepted drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa valued at N1.2billion

According to the State made by Comptroller Olughoyega Petres, Controller of the Command, on Thursday , he disclosed that the seizure was made during a seagoing patrol on Lagos water.

Comptroller Olugboyega described the seizure as the “Largest single seizure” of such drug on the waters in the history of Nigeria Customs.

He explained that his men relied on intelligence and carried out round the clock surveillance for a period of three days before swooping on the target area where the seizure was made.

According to him, the suspected smugglers seen from afar with the drugs dived into water to escape upon sighting customs officers approaching to make the seizure.

“The drugs were suspected to be coming from Ghana and had passed other countries by water before getting to Shashi area of Lagos where it was seized.

“Since no suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure, it will be liable to destruction in collaboration with relevant government agencies like National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Police,” he said.

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Peters said that the command had achieved 39 seizures within the first four months of the year, which is higher than 12 seizures made within the same period of 2019.

He said that the command made seizures with a total duty paid value of N1,063,427,800 which was higher than DPV of N36,420,481.46 achieved within the same period of last year.

He listed the breakdown of the 2020 seizures made so far as 1,816 bags of rice valued at N38,134,375; 733 cartons of poultry products worth N7,421,625; and 104 bales of second hand clothing worth N4,393,400.

They also include 665 bales of textile materials worth N2,094,400 and 112 kegs of 25 liter petroleum products valued at N112,000.

Other seizures listed are, 25 bales of second hand shoes and belts worth N8,019,000; 25 cartons of chewing gum worth N1,203,000 and the unprecedented seizure of cannabis

The Comptroller attributed the seizure recorded to the renewed spirit of work amongst officers and men of the command to achieve the Comptroller General of Customs strategic plan of zero tolerance to smuggling.

He also attributed it to high level of intelligence gathering and enhanced customs community relations.

Peters said this was in addition to close collaboration with other government agencies like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, among othersnan.

 

 

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Customs Graduates 25 Officers from the Nigerian Army School of Military Police

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25 officers of the Customs Police Unit, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have graduated from the Nigerian Army school of military police, Basawa, Zaria after completing the Customs police special investigation course.

Compt. M.M Sarkin-kebbi representing the Comptroller General of Customs at the combine graduation ceremony of the Nigerian army school of military police on the 14th of October 2020 witnessed the ceremony.

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A statement by the Pro, FOU Zone B, Kaduna, ASCI M.A. Magaji said officers of the service who also participated in the joint 2020 school session with army officers were commended by the special guest at the occasion Maj. Gen. Ki Mukthar, Commandant deport, Nigerian army for enduring and thriving in rigors of military training.

Within the 8 week course duration, Officers completed modules in law, investigation, criminal case- file compilation and other relevant subjects.

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Third Quarter: Nigeria Customs Service Showcases Seized Items

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The Nigeria Customs Service Area Controller of the Oyo/Osun Area Command has showcased seized items and detentions made during the Third Quarter of 2020.

This was done by the Command’s Area Comptroller, H.U Ngozi.

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These includes: 265 kegs of 25 liters of petrol, 1 truck containing 6 bags of fertilizer, 26 kegs of 50kg foreign rice, 20 kegs of vegetable oil, second hand clothing, used motorcycles, 11 vehicles and others

She attributed the achievements to collaborations between the Command and other Nigeria Customs Units, Sister agencies as well as community leaders and the good people of Oyo and Osun States.

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Customs Parade Smuggled Items Worth N360, 227,250.00

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The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operation Unit Zone B, Kaduna has paraded smuggled items worth N360, 227,250.00. The Unit also presented a record of its stewardship in the last 40 days.

The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operation Unit Zone B, Kaduna has paraded smuggled items worth N360, 227,250.00.

The Unit also presented a record of its stewardship in the last 40 days.

In a Press briefing on Thursday, 8 October, 2020, Comptroller. Mustapha Sarkin-Kebbi said that Officers of the Unit have arrested and seized the following items; 155 parcels of Indian hemp, 3,342 bags of 50kg foreign Rice criminally re-bagged in Made in Nigeria local Bags, 34 motor vehicles and other contraband items in various locations within the Zone.

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The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of items presented stood at N360,227,250.00.

The Comptroller assured that the Unit will not relent in its effort to rid the zone of all smuggling activities.

The Federal Operation Unit comprises 10 states within the North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones with Kaduna as its administrative Headquarters.

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