By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun 1 Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Idiroko, Ogun State over the weekend handed over some illicit and dangerous drugs seized by her patrol team to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
The Command Controller, Comptroller Peter Kolo gave items handed over to includes 3,165 wraps (Coconut and book size and 290 sacks (raw) of Cannabis Sativa otherwise known as Marijuana with duty paid value of two hundred thirteen million, six hundred and seventeen thousand, eight and sixty naira (#213,617,860)
Other included 41 packets of Tramadol Capsules (225mg and 120mg) with duty paid value of twenty million, five hundred thousand naira (#20,500,000)
He gave the Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) for the drugs as Two Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty Naira (#234,477,860).
Handing over the dangerous drugs during a press conference at the Command Headquarters, Idiroko, Comptroller Peter Kolo called on traditional rulers and community leaders to educate the youths against the dangers of smuggling, particularly the smuggling of harmful drugs and consumption of same
According to him,the handover of these illicit drugs is part of Custom effort in collaborating with the NDLEA in riding the country particularly Ogun state of illicit drugs and harmful substances.
“The significance of today’s event is that we have rid the Ogun communities of drugs that most probably influence the incessant attacks on Customs, other security agencies and innocent citizens of the state Controller Kolo stressed.
“In another development, the Command has made appreciable progress again in its anti-smuggling activities by recording a total of 143 seizures of various prohibited items in the month of February, 2021 with a combined DPV of Seventy seven million, four hundred and ninety eight thousand, one hundred and forty four naira #77,498,144.00.
The items according to him, included 5,931 bags of imported foreign rice (50kg) ,562 kegs of Premium motor spirit (petrol in 25 Litre Kegs,3,315 cartons of Frozen poultry products ,5kegs of Vegetable oil (25 litres per keg),34 pigs of Cannabis Sativa, 19 units Motor cycle (means of conveyance) and 1 unit Sugar 2 bags of 50kg.
Controller Kolo stated further that a total of three million, one hundred and thirty five thousand, eight hundred and twenty five naira #3,135,825.00 was realized as fees from the sale of seized petroleum product and auctioning of some scrap metals.
“There are no duties collected on imports of goods as the land borders in Ogun state still remain closed.
Despite series of attacks by dare devil smugglers/hoodlums during our course of duty, the Command will not be distracted from executing her mandates. To this end, anyone caught disrupting our officers in the line of duty or perpetuating nefarious activities of smuggling shall be made to face the wrath of law” Kolo stressed.