• Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

In a major operation at the Tin Can Island Port, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted and seized illicit drugs valued at N4.279 billion.

Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, disclosed the substantial haul during a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, highlighting the persistent challenges posed by sophisticated smuggling networks.

Adeniyi provided an update on recent seizures at the Tin Can Island Port, including 65 packets of Colarado Indica weighing 32.5kg, 17 packets weighing 16.690kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 40 packets weighing 39.7kg confirmed to be Cocaine, and 226 packets weighing 128kg confirmed to be Cannabis Indica.
The summary of seized substances included 56.39kg of Cocaine valued at N2,368,380,000, and 955kg of Colorado Indica valued at N1,911,400,000, with a total street value of N4.279 Billion Naira. Additionally, five pistols, 445 rounds of live ammunition, and empty pistol magazines were confiscated.
Individuals linked to these seizures were not disclosed as investigations into the criminal network are ongoing. The NCS is committed to holding the perpetrators accountable, with a relentless pursuit of justice to dismantle the networks enabling these criminal acts.

The Comptroller-General underscored the importance of strategic partnerships with stakeholders, emphasizing the collaborative nature of criminal activities. He highlighted the ongoing effective collaboration between the NCS and the Nigeria Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), showcasing positive results achieved through shared resources and intelligence.

Adeniyi emphasized the undeniable connection between illicit drugs and various criminal activities, including kidnapping and banditry. The possession of arms and ammunition further empowers criminal elements, necessitating concerted efforts to combat both aspects for the safety and well-being of communities.

The Comptroller-General stressed the critical strategy of disrupting the link between illicit drugs, criminal activities, and access to arms and ammunition. By suppressing drug-induced altered states and restricting criminal access to weaponry, law enforcement can significantly impact operational capabilities and reduce overall crime rates.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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