The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday destroyed seized cannabis valued at N1, 002,050,000 in Lagos as part of its anti-smuggling, activities.
The Comptroller of the Command, Olugboyega Peters, who supervised the destruction in Badagry disclosed that the seizure is the highest single haul of cannabis in the history of the service.
According to him, the seizure was made following intelligence in Agaja Beach area of the state.
He said “The seizure of this Cannabis Sativa was made on April 21,2020. It is classified in schedule 2, Section 2 under vegetable products of page 34 of the ECOWAS Commo External Tariff (CET), Harmonised System Code 0602 9000 of five percent duty rate and 7.5 Value Added Tax (VAT).
“The seizure was based on credible intelligence. The smugglers on sighting our officers abandoned their consignment and jumped into the water, a terrain they know so much.
“This unprecedented seizure of cannabis is of the highest quality as research says it is the biggest catch of a single item of cannabis ever seized in the history of the NCS.”
Peters also lauded the cooperation of various security agencies like the Nigerian Army, Navy, Police and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the fight against illegalities and all forms of snuggling.
He also reiterated the service’s commitment to sustain and increase its tempo of anti-smuggling activities even in the face of partial closure of some border stations in the country.
Chairman of Badagry West Local Government, Hon Benu Joseph commended the customs for preventing such a huge amount of drugs from entering the country.
He advised youths to avoid peer pressure by cooperating with security agencies and volunteering information that will lead to crime detection and prevention
After setting the drugs on fire, Representatives of NDLEA, NAFDAC, Police and others jointly signed the certificate of destruction of the seizure.