3,165 wraps of Indian hemp has been seized by the Nigeriam Customs Service in Ogun State Area Command while patrolling around the border areas of the state.
The products were hidden in coconut and book covers and were contained in 290 sacks with duty paid value of N213 million.
41 packets of Tramadol Capsules with the paid value of N20.5 million were confiscated by the command as well.
The stash was given over to the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency.
Peter Kolo, the Customs area controller in Ogun said with the confiscation, the command had rid the communities of drugs that most probably influence the constant attacks on Customs, other security agencies and innocent citizens of the state.
Kolo said the handover of ” these illicit drugs is part of our effort in collaborating with the NDLEA in riding the country particularly Ogun state of illicit drugs and harmful substances.”
143 seizures, nearing a value of about 77.5 million naira worth was taken by the Command in February alone.
The items include 5,931 bags of rice, 3,315 cartons of vegetable oil among others.
A total N3.1 million was “realised as fees from the sale of seized petroleum product and auctioning of some scrap metals,” said Kolo.
“There are no duties collected on imports of goods as the land borders in Ogun state still remain closed.
“Despite series of attacks by daredevil smugglers and hoodlums during our course of duty, the Command will not be distracted from executing her mandates.”
The Commander, Narcotics of the NDLEA, Idiroko, Achia-Abia Ibinabo, in a response to Kolo, applauded the collaborative gesture of the NCS in fighting those she called “agents of death.”
Ibinabo said the NDLEA would ensure the substances are permanently destroyed and do not reach the citizens of the country.