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Customs Hands Over Seized Illicit Substances Weighing Over 15,000kg to NDLEA


Nov 25, 2023

In a significant blow to drug cartels, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) handed over a substantial cache of illicit substances, suspected to be Cannabis Sativa and Tramadol, weighing over 15,000 kilograms, to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The transfer took place during a formal ceremony at the Customs Warehouse in Karu, Abuja, on Thursday, November 23, 2023.

The seized substances, disclosed to the public by Comptroller-General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, resulted from coordinated operations across various units within the NCS, including the Western Marine Command, FOU Zone ‘A,’ and Zone ‘B’ formations. Notable contributors to this successful endeavour were the Ogun 1 Area Command and Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C.’

Highlighting the joint commitment to combat drug trafficking, CGC Adeniyi stressed the importance of community involvement in this ongoing battle.

He detailed the breakdown of seized items, including parcels of Cannabis Sativa from different zones, such as 13,567 parcels from Zone ‘A,’ 1,511 parcels and 292 bags from Zone ‘B,’ and 3,213 parcels and blocks, alongside 935 sacks from Zone ‘C’.

The Ogun 1 Command contributed significantly with 2,223 wraps and 144 sacks of Cannabis Sativa, weighing a total of 3,312.7 kilograms. Additionally, the Western Marine Command’s efforts resulted in the seizure of 2,205 parcels, weighing 624 kilograms.

Representing the Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, the Director of Narcotics, Samuel Gazama, praised the Nigeria Customs Service for its crucial role in purging the country of illegal drugs. Gazama highlighted the societal menace posed by Cannabis Sativa and reiterated the NDLEA’s steadfast commitment to collaborating with the NCS in the unyielding fight against drug trafficking.

He concluded by affirming, “We will persist until we achieve victory in our battle against drug trafficking.”

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