Customs declares war on illicit drugs, seizes 15,000kg, hands over to NDLEA

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Photos from the event of the handover of illicit substances to NDLEA seized by the NCS, featuring CGC Adewale Adeniyi, NDLEA and Customs officials, among others, in Abuja.

Customs declares war on illicit drugs, seizes 15,000kg, hands over to NDLEA

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared war on illicit drugs and stepped up the fight against drug cartels by seizing illicit substances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa and Tramadol, weighing over 15,000kg, and handing them over to NDLEA.

Comptroller-General of Customs, (CGC) Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed this during a joint press briefing with the NDLEA at the handover ceremony at the Customs Warehouse, Karu, Abuja, which he said marked a pivotal moment in the battle against drug trafficking.

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He explained that the illicit substances were seized during operations conducted by the Western Marine Command, FOU Zone ‘A,’ and Zone ‘B’ formations, notably Ogun 1 Area Command and Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C.’

Adeniyi said that CGC stated that the NCS and NDLEA had solidified their commitment to combat drug trafficking by signing a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year.

The CGC stressed the significance of community support in the battle against drug trafficking, adding that: “This is a battle for every citizen.”

He listed the seized items to include the following:

13,567 parcels of Cannabis Sativa from Zone ‘A,’; 1,511 parcels and 292 bags of Indian Hemp from Zone ‘B,’ ; as well as 3,213 parcels and blocks, along with 935 sacks of Cannabis Sativa from Zone ‘C’.

From Ogun 1 Command:

2,223 wraps and 144 sacks of Cannabis Sativa weighing a total of 3,312.7kg, were seized; and 2,205 parcels weighing 624kg from the Western Marine Command.

Also speaking at the event, NDLEA Chairman and Chief Executive, Buba Marwa, represented by the agency’s Director of Narcotics, Samuel Gadzama, lauded the NCS for its pivotal role in cleansing the country of illicit drugs.

Marwa noted the severe societal threat posed by Cannabis Sativa and stressed the NDLEA’s unwavering resolve to collaborate with the NCS in the fight against drug trafficking.

“We will not relent until our battles on drug trafficking are achieved,” he said.

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