… As command Hands Over 1,286 Wraps of Cannabis to NDLEA
|By Sandra Chukwunyere|
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,NCS
has recorded a major feast after it seized over ninety million Naira worth of smuggled banned items including One Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Six (1286) wraps of cannabis, Two Thousand and thirty Five bags of foreign parboiled rice and frozen poultry products.
In a news conference, the Customs Area Controller(CAC) Comptroller Boyiliya Binga said that the items were seized during the first quarter of this year and have been handed over to the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Comptroller Binga who explained that the feat was achieved following 24 hours patrol of the creeks by the officers and men of the command which has also led to a drastic reduction in smuggling activities on the waters within the border communities.
According to CAC, “the fight against smuggling activities in the
Command has continued to gather momentum thus leading to a
drastic reduction in smuggling activities on the waters around Lagos and its environs. The continued dialogue, the CAC has embarked upon with border communities has yielded much results.
The 24hrs patrol of the creeks by Officers and men of the Command has kept most of the smugglers away from the waters.
” It is worthy of note that today we are handing over to the NDLEA a total of One Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Six (1286) wraps
giving us a total weight of One Ton Two Hundred and Eighty Six Kilograms. The Commander of the NDLEA has been of help to us always because when we call on him on issues like this, he is ever ready to come despite our roads.
“The total DPV for the cannabis is approximately Thirty Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty thousand Naira Only (N32,750,000.00).
“The effect of illicit drugs in the society cannot be over emphasized. The Comptroller General of Customs is seriously speaking tough on this. Today also, ladies and gentlemen, we have the honour to inform you that within the First Quarter of 2019, we have made seizures of various items like frozen poultry product, foreign parboiled rice and cannabis from different places within our areas of jurisdiction.
” For example,Bawe, Bera water fronts all In Ogun State and Akoko around Badagry axis. We have made a total of Two Thousand and thirty Five (2,035) bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice with a DPV of about Forty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira Only (N44, 973,500.00).
In addition he said a total of One Thousand Three Hundred And Eighty (1,308) Cartons of frozen poultry products with a DPV of (N12, 243,500) were seized, bringing the total DPV for all item to “about (~90, 967,000.00) Ninety Million Nine Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand Naira Only”.
Binga, Western Marine Command of Customs however stated that in all the seizures made, the Command made no arrests as the
smugglers abandoned their items and ran away.
While soliciting the cooperation of relevant stakeholders including
the media in the fight against smuggling, Binga further stated that
the CGC , Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has pledged to record more success with the launch of Sea Going Vessels soon.
His words,” In the seizures made so far, no arrest of suspects have been recorded because each time officers come in contact with these
smugglers, they abandoned their items and jump into the waters.
A terrain they are so used to.
“The CGC and his Management Team are working hard to see the
sea going vessels are launched as soon as possible. Officers have
been trained for the vessels. We promise to do better with the launch of the vessels.
” The CAC is calling on various stakeholders and the members of the fourth Estate of the realm to assist the command fight smuggling to a standstill in the waters of Lagos and its environs. WMC is not a Revenue area but a purely enforcement oriented Command and seizures are what makes us happy. Any information that will lead to seizures will be highly appreciated.
“The Compt 8N, BINGA advises smugglers t0 desist from their illegal ways of doing business otherwise they will meet their ‘waterloo’. Thank you all for coming and please don’t be tired of coming if we call you again soonest”, he concluded.
In a remark, The Area Controller National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency (NDLEA) Seme /Kraker Command, Udotong Essien applauded the service for the doing what is right.
Essien said that the anti narcotic agency would carry out its own investigations to unravel the people behind the illegal business.
“It takes integrity for the Controller to transfer this amount of
seizure. Don’t forget we are talking of over N32million worth of hard drugs here.
“I am very sure if he wanted to compromise, he would have taken
such amount of money. There are some agencies that make such seizure and pretend not to know what to do,” he added”