By Frank Odinukaeze
The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) has continued to deal deadly blow to smugglers as the Command,while on routine patrol along Abidjan-Lagos Corridor on Friday ,at about 4 am intercepted 553 parcels of cannabis sativa worth over 10 million and arrested four suspects.
This was made known in a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer Abdullahi Hussein on behalf of the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Dera Nnadi min.
Comptroller Nnadi informed that , “On the 21 April 2023 at about 0403 hours, officers of Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service while on routine patrol along the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor intercepted a Ford Bus with registration number EPE 622 YC at Gbatrome, Badagry”
“Upon search of the bus, seven large sacks containing five hundred and fifty-three (553) parcels of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Indian Hemp, were discovered. Four male occupants of the vehicle comprising two civilians and two members of one of the sister security agencies conveying the contraband items were arrested”
“The contraband narcotics valued at about Ten (10) million Naira and the means of conveyance were taken to the station at Seme and detained pending further investigations. Also taken to the station are the four male suspects who have volunteered statements. However, the two members of one of the sister security agencies were handed over to their agency for further necessary action. A preliminary investigation following the questioning of the suspects revealed that the Indian hemp was destined for Kaduna State”
Compt.Nnadi condemned the devious and illegitimate means of earning a living by some members of society who have no consideration for the damaging effects of hard drugs which contribute to crime in the country.
He enjoined members of the society who traverse the Seme Corridor to take advantage of the trade facilitation effort of the Nigeria Customs Service and engage in a legitimate business.
And in a bid to sustain the tempo , and not give room for any slip,the Customs Area Controller Seme Command and Chairman of the Seme-Krake Joint Border Post, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, mini has advised all stakeholders and officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service and sister border agencies along the corridor to remain vigilant during the Sallah celebration, as smugglers may wish to take advantage of the public holidays to engage in their evil acts.
Nnadi also directed his men to ensure that all facilities and critical government infrastructures in their Area of responsibility are protected during this period as always.