The seized drugs on display.
Story by Dili Utomi
The authorities at the Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service with Comptroller Dera Nnadi at the helms have and impounded seized a humongous amount of substances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa locally called igbo. A press release by the public relations officer of the Command, Abdullahi Hussein indicates that a total of 553 parcels of the substance was intercepted and impounded.
The release read in part
“Officers of the Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service while on routine patrol along the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor intercepted a Ford Bus with registration number EPE 622 YC at Gbatrome, Badagry. Upon search of the bus, seven large sacks containing five hundred and fifty-three (553) parcels of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Indian Hemp, were discovered. Four male occupants of the vehicle comprising two civilians and two members of one of the sister security agencies conveying the contraband items were arrested”.
The contraband narcotics is valued at about Ten (10) million Naira and the means of conveyance were taken to the station at Seme and detained pending further investigations. Also taken to the station are the four male suspects who have volunteered statements. However, the two members of one of the sister security agency were handed over to their agency for further necessary action. Preliminary investigation following the questioning of the suspects revealed that the Indian hemp was destined for Kaduna State.
The Area Controller of the Command Comptroller Dera Nnadi, mni, has condemned this nefarious means of earning a living by some members of the society who have no consideration for the damaging effects of hard drugs which contribute to crime in the country. He enjoined members of the society who traverse the Seme Corridor to take advantage of the trade facilitation effort of the Nigeria Customs Service and engage in legitimate business.
Meanwhile, the Customs Area Controller Seme Command and Chairman of the Seme-Krake Joint Border Post, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, mni wishes all stakeholders and officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service and sister border agencies along the corridor to remain vigilant and alert during the sallah celebration as smugglers may wish to take advantage of the public holidays to engage in their illicit and reprehensible acts. He also encouraged them to ensure that all facilities and critical government infrastructures in their area of responsibilities are protected during this period as always.
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