Customs intercepts cannabis, generates over N2bn

June 19th, 2019

From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos

The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it thwarted a desperate criminal move by smugglers who concealed 55 wraps of cannabis under a corps being brought in from Ghana along Owode axis.

Addressing the media at the command Tuesday, the Area Comptroller, Mohammed Uba Garba, said the command also seized about 2,000 cartons of expired biscuits and baby diapers, while its revenue generation from March till date stood at N2.63 billion.

Garbage disclosed that the customs security outfit had routinely flagged down the Toyota Sienna conveying the corpse, which was certified so, but on careful examination, it was found to be on parcels of Indian hemp.

According to him, it was discovered “on further examination that something was hidden under the corpse. The vigilant customs officers wanted to know what it was, and on bringing the corpse down immediately, we saw cannabis.

“We didn’t believe it was a dead body, it was opened and was certified physically a dead body, and 55 wraps of cannabis was found hidden under it.”

Meanwhile, he stated that smuggling was drastically reducing as the agency’s anti-smuggling unit intensified enforcement.

For the period under review, the command seized a total of 8,304 bags of 50kg foreign rice (over 14 trailers) with DPV and levy amounting to N88,73 million.

Also seized were 2,000 cartons of expired biscuits with a DPV of N7.74 million, 175 x 6 yards of textiles worth N2.2 million, and 15 sacks of used clothes worth N677,486.

Others included 11 vehicles, including Toyota Highlander (2005), Range Rover (2007), Toyota Rav 4 (2006), Toyota Venza (2010) and others with DPV of N46.1 million, 28 cartons of medicament worth N1.1 million, 410 sacks of school bags worth N13.2 million, and 493 packs of expired baby diapers worth N4.1 million.

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