- The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Kwara state command made major interceptions between August 2019 and January 2020
- The NCS said that it seized 48 sacks of cannabis Sativa (marijuana) worth N448 million
- The agency also seized 953 bags of imported rice weighing 50kg
The Kwara area command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) seized 48 sacks of cannabis Sativa commonly known as marijuana worth N448 million.
In a report by Channels TV, Ahmed Bello, the area comptroller said the seizure was made between August 2019 and January 2020, at Bukuru in Baruten local government area of the state.
Bello while noting that the seized cannabis weighed 3,593kg, added that 953 bags of imported rice weighing 50kg each were also intercepted.
The area comptroller went on to condemn the act of smuggling illicit substances and the increased consumption of marijuana by youths.
He added that the NCS command would continue to dialogue and educate the public on the agency's strategic role to the social and economic stability of the country.
The NSC in a letter written to all supermarkets and shops in Kano and Jigawa states urged them to stop patronising prohibited items or risk being shut down.
The agency explained that the directive was to stop the smuggling of prohibited items into the country in the interest of the Nigerian economy.
In a related development, NCS said it is now raking in between N5 billion and N6 billion daily from imports since the closure of Nigeria's land borders with neighbouring countries in West Africa.
This was disclosed by the NCS Comptroller-General Colonel Hammed Ali (rtd.) on Tuesday, February 18 at a forum in Lagos where he was represented by a senior customs official. Prior to the closure of the border in August 2019, daily duty collections hovered between N4 billion and N5 billion.
Similarly, over $6.8 million in cash has been intercepted from a passenger by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday, February 4. A source close to Customs mentioned that a worker at the Lagos airport who was allegedly involved with the money was arrested by the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command.
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