- Suspected cannabis sativa worth N1 billion has been seized by the operatives of Nigeria Customs Service in Lagos
- A statement by the service said that the operation was carried out after intelligence reports
- Customs, however, said the hard drugs will be destroyed in partnership with the appropriate agencies
The battle against contraband and illegal smuggling got a massive boost as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday, May 21, disclosed that it seized suspected hard drugs worth N1 billion in Lagos.
In a statement issued by Olugboyega Peters, the comptroller of Customs Western Marine command, the drugs, suspected to be cannabis sativa, were seized by operatives after intelligence reports.
Peters further disclosed the operatives of the service carried out surveillance after the report for three days in a maiden sea patrol on Lagos water.
According to him, the smugglers, who were suspected to be coming from Ghana, crossed many borders but dived into the sea upon seeing the operatives of service.
Peters said since the hard drugs were intercepted without their owners, they would be destroyed in partnership with necessary agencies.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Customs revealed 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, 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.
In a related report, Customs said $6.8 million in cash was intercepted from a passenger by its operatives 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.
Ali noted that the money was packed in six big Bagco bags and loaded in a coaster bus.
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