The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made good it’s threat of making the border Area a no go area for smugglers with the seizure of 11.913kg of Cocaine with the street value of over three billion Naira and the confiscation of petroleum products along the creeks within the Seme and Badagry axis.
This renewed effort led to the interception of large quantities of petroleum products packaged in sacks on Wednesday, 26 January 2022.
The said petroleum products were successfully evacuated to the Command premises where an examination was conducted. One thousand and sixty-five *(1065)* jerrycans of petroleum products thirty *(30)* litres each, equivalent to thirty one thousand, nine hundred and fifty *(31,950)* litres were discovered with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Ten million, forty one thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight Naira *(N10,041,198.00)* only.
Accordingly, the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo stressed that the offensive crackdown on the activities of the petroleum products smugglers is with a mission of getting them arrested wherever they are. He reassured that the Command will continue to make life uncomfortable for the unpatriotic Nigerians trading illegal businesses in the area.
Also, the interception and seizure of Cocaine came as a result of vigilance by the Officers and Men of the Command while conducting stop and search along Seme- Badagry Expressway, eleven (11) parcels of substance suspected to be Cocaine in a Ford Transit bus conveying religious books. Also, one suspect has been arrested in connection with the seizure.
While showcasing the seizure, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo explained that the substance was intercepted along Seme- Badagry Expressway at about 09:00 hrs on Sunday 23 January 2022.
Consequently, the substance was subjected to test and verification by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and was found to be cocaine weighing *11.913kg*. The street value of the items was estimated to be three billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, six hundred and twenty-four thousand, one hundred and forty-seven Naira *(N3,916,624,147.00)* only.
While appreciating the cooperation of sister agencies and relevant stakeholders at Seme Border, the CAC reiterated the commitment of his Officers and Men in enforcing government fiscal policies for the overall national growth and development.