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Customs intercepts 104 parcels of Indian hemp, illicit drugs worth N37.8m


Customs intercepts 104 parcels of Indian hemp, illicit drugs worth N37.8m

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi Area Command, has intercepted 104 parcels of Indian hemp, 359 sacks of diazepam and 70 packs of tramadol in the state.

The Area Controller of the command, Dr Ben Oramalugo, made this known while handing over the drugs to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.

“On 11th June, Sunday, based on a tip off from a well meaning citizens about a vehicle conveying offensive goods into the country, the command’s officers and men swung into action.

” At about 10am through stop and search along Kamba- Kyangakwai road, the officers and men were able to identify the vehicle suspected to be carrying the illegal concealment.

“After thorough search and examination, while the vehicle mentioned matches the description of the suspected vehicle and fortunately, 104 parcel (laptop size of 1kg each) of cannabis sativa and 99 (5mg) diazepam tablets were found concealed in the vehicle driven by the suspect by a middle age man, Sulaiman Yusuf,” he narrated.

Oramalugo, added that another abandoned seizure was made of 70 packs of tramaking/tramadol (225mg) and 260 diazepam tablets (5mg) was captured on June 5 at Kamba-Rijiyar Maikafi bush path by the same patrol team.

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“The items valued at N37.8 million and the suspect will be handed over to the NDLEA, Kebbi state command for further necessary action.

” Other items seized in the last four weeks apart from the once mentioned are: 107 foreign parboiled rice (50kg), 38 bales of second hand clothing, 1,275 litres of PMS, 52 jerrycans of vegetable oil, one Honda accord 2014 and one used opel vehicle, among others,” he said.

According to him, the duty paid valued of the items stands at N64.6 million.

Oramalugo reiterated the commands commitment in carrying out its core mandates and stood on zero tolerance for smuggling of contraband goods.

In his remarks while receiving the drugs, the Commander of the NDLEA in the state, Sulaiman Usman, thanked the NCS for their efforts, assistance and collaboration with the agency.

“This is the manifestation of the spirited- interagency collaborative efforts between the Chief Executive of NDLEA and NCS in order to stamp down the menace of drug abuse in our society,” he said.

Customs intercepts 104 parcels of Indian hemp, illicit drugs worth N37.8m

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