The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has commended the success of inter-agency synergy, particularly between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). This collaboration resulted in the interception of contraband including Cocaine, Colorado, Arms, and Ammunition valued at N4.279 Billion at the Tincan Island Port Command.
Addressing the media at the Command on Thursday, January 25, 2024, the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) announced the seizure of 56.39kg of Cocaine valued at N2,368,380,000 and 955kg of Colorado Indica valued at N1,911,400,000. Additionally, 5 pistols, 445 rounds of live ammunition, and several empty pistol magazines were confiscated, collectively amounting to the street value of N4.279 Billion.
CGC emphasized the pivotal role of inter-agency collaboration in combating illicit substances and ensuring national security. He highlighted the success of the ongoing collaborative efforts between the NCS and NDLEA, emphasizing that pooling resources and intelligence has consistently yielded positive results.
“Just as criminals find strength in collaboration, government agencies must equally appreciate the advantages of working collectively to fulfill their statutory responsibilities,” stated the Customs Boss. “This collaborative synergy exemplifies the effectiveness of pooling resources and intelligence, reinforcing the commitment of both agencies to safeguarding the nation’s borders and protecting its citizens from the threats posed by illegal substances.”
Reiterating NCS’ commitment to strategic partnerships, he underscored the deliberate focus on harnessing the specialized expertise of partners to enhance the capability to fulfill core mandates. Over the past seven months, the NCS has prioritized strategic partnerships to address the collaborative nature of criminal activities.
The seized items were later handed over to the Chairman of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa, represented by the Agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi. Expressing gratitude, the NDLEA Boss commended the CGC for the synergy, emphasizing its significance as a deterrent to drug cartels.
“The handing over of seized illicit drugs in the custody of the Nigeria Customs Service is a development that speaks volumes about the hard work and diligence of security agencies tasked with securing the territory of our country,” stated General Marwa. “The seizure is a testament that, just like the Airports, the Sea Ports are also secured.”
The collaboration stands as a strong warning to criminal enterprises involved in drug trafficking, signaling a continuous effort to disrupt their activities and protect the nation’s security.