- A bus containing 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp has been impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)
- The NCS noted that the items, concealed inside fresh tomatoes, pepper, and vegetables, were impounded along Olorunda axis of Ogun state on Friday, August 3
- The agency said the vehicle was impounded alongside the driver after a tip-off from members of the public
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) federal operations unit, zone A Lagos, has arrested a bus containing 39 sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp
Mohammed Uba, the controller of the unit, said the vehicle was impounded alongside the driver after a tip-off from members of the public
According to the statement sent to NAIJ.com by the agency, the evacuated 21 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1,031kg and four pieces of elephant tusk weighing 29.35kg from a shop in a market in Victoria Island based on information by the Warehouse Operations team led by Mutalib Sule, a customs officer.
The statement reads:
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome you again to another press briefing barely after two weeks we had our last briefing. Today’s briefing becomes very significant being my last press briefing as controller FOU A Ikeja due to my redeployment to Seme Area Command as the new CAC.
It is my desire to inform you that after our reinvigorated effort in anti-smuggling drive in South west zone, the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit between July 25 th to August 7 th 2018 intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value (DPV) of Two Billion, Fifty Five Million,
Three Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Nine Naira, Eighty Four Kobo (N2,055,321,389.84) in two weeks Notably among the seizures was the interception of one MAN Diesel Truck with registration number XB 286 BEN along Afromedia Estate by Egbeda Junction beside Alaba International carrying 2,748 cartons of DSP Codeine Cough Syrup 100mg (100 per carton) and 95 cartons of Chaka pain Xtra based on information.
This is the second time in a row the unit is intercepting this substance since the Federal Government banned the importation of cough syrup that contains codeine. The substance is valued at One Billion, One Hundred and Seventy Five Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira only (1,175,200,000.00). The driver of the truck on sighting our officers abandoned the truck and fled.
Also, 49 cartons of tramadol capsules 100mg were evacuated from warehouse in Ajao Estate based on information. The drugs will be handed over to NAFDAC for further investigation.
Similarly and more remarkably among the seizure was the evacuation of 21 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 1,031kg and 4 pieces of elephant tusk weighin 29.35kg from a shop located in Tejosho market in Victoria Island based on information by the Warehouse Operations team led by AC Mutalib Sule.
The Occupant of the shop fled and still at large but investigation is already ongoing towards getting the culprit arrested and prosecuted. The seized endangered species have a DPV of Two Hundred and Fifty Three Million, Five Hundred and
Sixty Six Thousand, Fifty Six Naira, Seven Kobo (253,566,056.7). You will recall that the Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Usman Jibril accompanied by the CITES Delegates from UN visited the Unit, inspected the previous seizure of such endangered species this year and even commended us for a job well done.
The trade on such endangered species is globally prohibited, hence the need for us all to fight against such illegality so that such endangered species do not go into extinction.
Also within the weeks under review, the unit intercepted one Ford Transit Bus with Engine no. XL32452L along Olorunda axis of Ogun State based conveying sacks and 1,220 parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian Hemp weighing 1, 610 kg concealed with baskets of Fresh Tomatoes, pepper and vegetables. In the spirit of interagency relationship, the seized substance will be handed over to NDLEA for further investigation.
Other seized items include: 17 units of exotic vehicles, 1,380 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1, 126 pieces of used shoes, and 140 jerrycan of vegetable oil. Among the detained vehicles include 7 Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps (2015- 2018), 4 Toyota Hiace Bus (2017), 2 Toyota Coaster Bus (2017), and 4 Toyota Camry (2014).
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These 17 Exotic Vehicles have a duty paid value of three hundred and forty eight million, two hundred and ninety one thousand, two hundred and fifty one naira, ninety four kobo. While 4 of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway, 13 were evacuated from House Plot 1,Akintailor Close, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, based on credible information. 8 Suspects were arrested in connection with these 25 seizures.
As partners in progress, let me thank you, members of the media for your continued support in your reportage of our anti-smuggling drives. I wish to also appreciate other security agencies that have been rendering necessary support especially the Nigerian Army and Police.
Most importantly, we thank the comptroller-general of customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, and his management for their logistics support that brought about all these feats during my tenure here as controller FOU A and I prayed that this relationship is sustained even as I take a new mantle of leadership at Seme area command. I also employ you all to extend same hands of friendship to my successor here in FOU A for a successful tenure."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigeria Customs Service drew the attention of the public to the activities of suspected fraudsters claiming to be conducting recruitment exercises on its behalf.
The customs public relations unit in a statement on Facebook on Thursday, October 26, warned that such persons were looking for greedy and desperate people to defraud.
NCS said such dubious persons were in the habit of using names and pictures of customs officers to deceive people into believing that they are dealing with genuine customs officers.
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