Western Marine Customs Intercepts Over 4000 Parcels Of Indian Hemp Some sacks of cannabis sativa seized by Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has intercepted 51 sacks containing 4,070 parcels of Cannabis Sativa in January 2024.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Odaudu Salefu, revealed this in a press statement disseminated on Tuesday, stressing that the Command would intensify efforts to purge the Western waterways of the offensive activities of smuggling.
Joint Patrol Team of the Command received credible intelligence of the movement of a wooden Boat around the Moba Seashore axis of the Command suspected of transporting offending goods.
After a hot pursuit of the identified Boat by our officers, the smugglers dived into the Creek, abandoning the Boat fully loaded with the goods
According to a statement released by the image maker of the command, SC Magaji Mailafiya, stated that the wooden Boat powered by Two (2) 40 horsepower (HP) engines was towed back to the Command HQ at Ibafon Apapa. After careful examination, it was found to contain 4,070 parcels of Cannabis Sativa weighing 1785kg.” Recall that in 2023, Western Marine Command made five significant seizures of Cannabis Sativa, totaling 14,920 parcels of the dangerous drugs; the 5 seizures were part of the 48 incidents of seizures recorded by the Command in 2023 resulting in a total Duty Paid Value of N1,470,397,255.00 for the year 2023. Comptroller Salefu, however, promised to give officers of the Command the needed impetus and motivation to perform their anti-smuggling responsibilities in 2024.
Western Marine Command is poised more than ever to improve its performance in 2024 for a better and prosperous year, even as it warns Nigerians to desist from smuggling