In a significant blow to drug cartels operating within Nigeria’s coastal waters and land borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) handed over suspected cannabis sativa and tramadol to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The official handover ceremony took place at the Customs Warehouse in Karu, Abuja, on Thursday, November 23, 2023.
During a joint press briefing, Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, revealed that the illicit substances were seized in operations conducted by the Western Marine Command, FOU Zone ‘A,’ and Zone ‘B’ formations, with notable contributions from the Ogun 1 Area Command and Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C.’
CGC Adeniyi highlighted the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service and the NDLEA to combat drug trafficking, citing a Memorandum of Understanding signed on April 4, 2023. He emphasized the importance of community support in the battle against drug trafficking, declaring it “a battle for every citizen.”
Providing details of the seized items, CGC Adeniyi mentioned 13,567 parcels of Cannabis sativa from Zone ‘A,’ 1,511 parcels and 292 bags of Indian hemp from Zone ‘B,’ and 3,213 parcels and blocks, along with 935 sacks of Cannabis Sativa from Zone ‘C’. Ogun I Command contributed 2,223 wraps and 144 sacks of Cannabis Sativa, weighing a total of 3,312.7kg, while the Western Marine Command seized 2,205 parcels weighing 624kg.
The Director of Narcotics, Samuel Gazama, representing the Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, commended the Nigeria Customs Service for its pivotal role in combating illicit drugs. He highlighted the societal threat posed by Cannabis Sativa and affirmed the NDLEA’s unwavering commitment to collaboration with the NCS in the relentless fight against drug trafficking. Gazama concluded, “We will not relent until our battles on drug trafficking are achieved.”