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Hard narcotics worth N651m are seized by customs in Lagos and Ogun

Aug 9, 2023 | Security | 0 comments

Adewale Adeniyi, the acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, claimed the department captured cannabis sativa worth N651m in Lagos and Ogun states.

Adeniyi told media in Abeokuta this on Tuesday, according to the service’s National Public Affairs Officer Abdullahi Maiwada.

Adeniyi claimed three individuals were detained for hard narcotics found on a wooden boat.

The CGC stated that several apprehended individuals were taken for further investigation.

Federal Operations Unit Zone A officers recovered 14,015 packets of cannabis sativa weighing 7,728 Kg with a duty-paid value of N618m thrown from a boat in the creeks near Ajah and Ijebu-Ode. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency is investigating three people and their stuff.

On Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 0400hrs, a combined patrol team of police apprehended a wooden boat with two Yamaha outboard motors 40 horsepower each carrying 103 bags containing 8,240 loaves of material thought to be cannabis sativa, weighing 3,811kg with a duty paid value of N32m.

He said pineapples hid some of the strong narcotics.

“On Monday, August 7, 2023, at around 0315 hrs, reliable information led to the recovery of 2,940 packets of cannabis sativa along Sokoto/Ijoun Road in Yewa North LGA of Ogun State.”

The items were hidden under a pile of pineapples in an unregistered white Fiat bus with chassis number 2FA23000006141966. Two suspects, driver Akeem Olatunde and passenger Abdul Nurudeen Adedeji, have been detained and are awaiting further investigation.

Adeniyi assured Nigerians that the agency would continue to fulfil its statutory duties and fight illegal narcotics.

“We guarantee the public that information of our investigations will be made accessible to promote openness and accountability,” he said.

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