By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Ogun Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday handed a large number of weeds suspected to be Cannabis Sativa over to the (NDLEA).
The contraband, with Duty Payable Value (DPV) worth N102,848,768, was subjected to a test before newsmen by the NDLEA, using the United Nation’s testing kits to ascertain its originality.
According to the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Makinde Bamidele who handed over the prohibited drugs to Ishaku Yusuf Kwajafa, explained that the seizures were effected within four months of his assumption of office.
He assured that before this ceremony was effected, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has given an approval.
The Comptroller noted that breakdown of the seizures highlighted indicates that, 319 Davison of raw weed; 476 units wrapped in book size as well as 96 other units, wrapped in coconut size
Speaking during the handing over at Customs House in Abeokuta, Comptroller Bamidele said the handing over was done in line with the existing inter agency collaboration respect for each agency’s statutory functions.
He added that the handover further strengthens the synergy between NCS and the NDLEA. In his comment after taking possession of the drugs, Kwajafa, appreciated the seizure and said without the assistance of the NCS’ operatives, Ogun State would have been witnessing “serious crisis” should the contraband have found its way into the society.
Commending the efforts of the Customs Command, Kwajafa said NDLEA would continue to value the existing cooperation between the two agencies so as to spur the Customs to do more, he said.
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