Men and Officers of Comptroller of Customs, CG’s Strike Force Team have seized goods worth N105, 337, 000 and also intercepted 538 bags of 10kg per bag of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.
Deputy Controller of Customs and National Coordinator, CG’s Strike Force Team, DCC Abdullahi Kirawa while conducting newsmen round the seized contraband’s at the Customs House in Aduwawa, Benin City, Edo State said the feat was achieved through the service’s intelligent and collaborative effort from members of the public.
DCC Kirawa said apart from the negative impact the seized contraband have on the image of the country and activities of smugglers have on the economy, there are also concerns about the hazardous nature of the goods.
He listed the items to include, 2, 185 bags of 50kgs each of foreign parboiled rice, worth N52, 003, 000, 538 bags of 10kg each of cannabis Sativa, 600 pieces of used pneumatic tyres worth N4, 050, 000, 67 cartons of tramadol tablets and codeine syrups worth, N12, 060, 000, 516 bags bales and 101 sacks of used second hand clothing worth N33, 384, 000, 35 sacks of used shoes worth, N840, 000, and 100 cartons of vegetable oil worth N3, 000, 000.
According to DC Kirawa, the cannabis sativa which were conveyed in two trucks were concealed using cartons of Golden Morn, plastics chairs and empty cartons of beer.
He said through the intelligent commitment of men of the Customs, they were able to detect that the items in the trucks were prohibited.
On his part, the Zonal Commander, CG Strike Force Team in Charge of Zone C, Assistant Controller Kolade Kayode while thanking management of the service for their support said the team will continue to track down those involved in the illicit act of smuggling.
The National Coordinator of the team later handed over the cartons of tramadol tablets and codeine syrups to representative of National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control NAFDAC while the Cannabis Sativa was handed over to representative of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Receiving the cartons of tramadol tablets and codeine syrups, the State Coordinator, NAFDAC, Mrs. Esther Ituah thanked the Customs for its collaboration in the fight against illicit use of drugs.
Similarly while receiving the suspected cannabis sativa on behalf of the state command, the head of Operations and Intelligence, NDLEA, Mr. Peter Ogar thanked the Customs for the seizure and promised that the command will take further action.
The Customs Boss while thanking members of the public for their support to the Service urged them to continue in providing useful and helpful information that will assist to rid the nation of activities of smugglers.