Wednesday 2 October 2019

Despite borders’ closure, Customs intercept cannabis worth N160m

A pick-up that conveyed about N160 million worth of Indian hemp into the country

through the Oke Ogun border area of Oyo State had been intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service.

The drugs were reportedly concealed in packs under sawdust.
The command controller, Zulkifli Abdullahi, on Wednesday told journalists that the intercepted Indian hemp was discovered in several packs with the said vehicle at a border community, Elekokan, in Iwajowa Local Government Area of the state.

Abdullahi said the consignment was the biggest of such illicit drugs nabbed in recent times by the men of the Command.
He said it was unfortunate that the officers who intercepted the drugs could not arrest anyone as the two people in the vehicle, the driver and the motor boy fled into the forest on sighting his men.

According to him, he had intelligence reports that the packs of cannabis were imported from Ghana through Togo and Cotonou borders before getting to Nigeria.

He said; “As you can see, we have 101 bags of the India hemp and 1,047 pieces of blocks of compressed and special Indian hemp. According to what we learnt, three years ago, it was selling for N120,000 in Kaduna and today, it may go for N150,000.

“If you add the value of the bags which is N20,000 each, the Indian hemp is worth N159,000 million, approximately N160milliom. I know it was God and the efforts of our officers that help us to intercept this volume of Indian hemp because it is only God who knows the damages this could have done to our country and our teeming youths, if they had scaled through to the country.

“It could have caused enormous danger to our children. We are grateful to our officers for achieving this. We are appealing to smugglers to desist because this is too much for God sake.”

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