The Nigeria Customs Service Semé Command reported intercepting 553 packets of cannabis sativa valued N10 million, with four suspects apprehended alongside.
Comptroller Dera Nnadi, the Customs Area Controller of Seme Customs, said this in a statement issued on Friday in Semé.
Mr Nenadi stated that on April 21, a Ford bus transporting contraband was stopped by Customs agents on normal patrol along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor.
“Seven large sacks containing 553 parcels of cannabis sativa, also known as Indian hemp, were discovered during the bus search.”
“Four male occupants of the vehicle, two civilians and two members of one of the sister security agencies transporting the contraband items, were also arrested.”
“The contraband narcotics worth about N10 million, as well as the means of transportation, were taken to the Seme station and detained pending further investigation.”
“The four male suspects who have volunteered statements have also been taken to the station.”
“However, two members of one of the sister security agencies were handed over to their respective agencies for further action.”
“Preliminary investigation following questioning of the suspects revealed that the Indian hemp was destined for Kaduna State,” he explained.
Mr Nnadi criticised the shady methods of earning a living used by some elements of society who had no regard for the harmful effects of hard narcotics, which contributed to crime in the country.
He urged members of society who traveled through the Seme corridor to take advantage of the Nigeria Customs Service’s trade facilitation efforts and engage in legitimate business.
The controller urged all stakeholders, officers and men of the command and sister border agencies along the corridor to remain watchful and attentive throughout the Salah celebration, as smugglers may desire to take advantage of the public holidays to commit heinous crimes.
He also instructed them to guarantee that all facilities and vital government infrastructure in their area of responsibility were safeguarded during this period, as they usually were.
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