Customs Intercept 553 Parcels of Cannabis Sativa, Arrests 4 Suspects In Seme

Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Saturday evening said that it intercepted about 553 parcels of Cannabis Sativa concealed in seven large sacks with N10 million and arrested four suspects with the contraband.

In a statement issued by the Command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Hussein on behalf of the Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi revealed that on April 21, 2023 at about 0403 hours, officers of Seme Command while on routine patrol along the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor intercepted a Ford Bus with registration number EPE 622 YC at Gbatrome, Badagry.

According to the statement, upon search of the bus, seven large sacks containing 553 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Indian Hemp, were discovered, adding that four male occupants of the vehicle comprising of two civilians and two members of one of the sister security agencies conveying the contraband items were arrested.

“The narcotics valued at about N10 million and the means of conveyance were taken to the station at Seme and detained pending further investigations. Also taken to the station are the four male suspects who have volunteered statements.

“However, the two members of one of the sister security agency were handed over to their agency for further necessary action. Preliminary investigation following the questioning of the suspects revealed that the Indian hemp was destined for Kaduna State,” the statement reads in part.

Meanwhile, the Area Controller of the Command Comptroller Dera Nnadi, condemned the nefarious means of earning a living by some members of the society who have no consideration for the damaging effects of hard drugs, which contribute to crime in the country.

He enjoined members of the society who traverse the Seme Corridor to take advantage of the trade facilitation effort of the Nigeria Customs Service and engage in legitimate business.

However, Nnadi advised all stakeholders and officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service and sister border agencies along the corridor to remain vigilant and alert during the sallah celebration as smugglers may wish to take advantage of the public holidays to engage in their reprehensible acts.

He also urged them to ensure that all facilities and critical government infrastructures in other area of responsibilities are protected during this period and always.