Customs hands over seized drugs to NDLEA, says all hands must be on deck

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The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, has called for concerted effort against illicit drugs.

Wale made the call while handing over seized illicit drugs to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) on Thursday in Abuja.

The customs boss, who decried
the increasing rate of drug abuse in Nigeria, said the service was determined to work towards tackling the menace.

“Today marks a crucial moment in our collective fight against the grave threats posed by illicit drugs, particularly Cannabis Sativa and Tramadol.

“The Nigeria Customs Service, in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
(NDLEA) is here to underscore the urgency of our battle against the impact of these substances on our society.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) draws attention to the dangers of these substances, noting that, “unchecked drug abuse is a ticking time bomb that
threatens the very fabric of our society,”he said.

He further said “beyond being mere substances, Cannabis Sativa and Tramadol are insidious destroyers, posing severe threats to public health, security, and social harmony.

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“Leading authorities in the field, including the WHO, have consistently warned against the consequences of unchecked drug
abuse, linking it to increased crime rates, compromised public.”

He said the operation was not solely a Customs or NDLEA
concern; adding that it was a national crisis that demanded immediate and collective attention.

According to him, the alarming extent of this menace is illustrated by the widespread nature
of the seizures, cutting across various customs commands nationwide.

“The seizures being handed over to the NDLEA today are a testament to the relentless efforts of the Nigeria Customs Service.

“We reveal with concern the
following details:

“FOU Zone A. 13,567 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, totalling 7,461 Kg.

“FOU Zone B. 1,511 parcels and 292 bags of Indian Hemp, 2,409
packets, and 8,700 unregistered sachets of Tramadol, along with 2,042 sealed nylons containing D5 Tablets.

“FOU Zone C. 3,213 Parcels/blocks and 935 sacks of Cannabis
Sativa.

“Ogun 1 Area Command. 2,223 wraps and 144 sacks of Cannabis
Sativa weighing 3,312.7 KG.

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“Western Marine Command. 1,205 parcels of Cannabis Sativa
weighing 624 kg and 109 packs by 6 pieces by 10 sachets of Tramadol,”he said.

Adeniyi said the battle against illicit drugs required a united front and that communities played a pivotal role in the fight.

“We urge communities to see themselves as key partners in the quest for a drug-free nation.

“It is not just a responsibility of law
enforcement agencies, a collective duty of every citizen.

He assured that those involved in illicit trade would be
brought to justice.”

The customs boss said, “we are actively tracking collaborators and they will face the full wrath of the law.

“Nigerian laws regarding drug trafficking and abuse will be
rigorously applied to ensure that justice is served and the guilty parties are held accountable.

“The law is not only our shield but our sword in the fight against
drug trafficking.”

Adeniyi assured that the service would continue to collaborate with NDLEA and other relevant agencies in tackling the rate of illicit drugs and contraband items in the country.

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The NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa, while commending Customs for the seizures, assured that the agency would not hesitate in destroying the seized illicit drugs.

The chairman, who was represented by NDLEA Director of Operations and General Investigation, Bashir Samuel Gadzama said the agency would not rest on its oars in tackling criminality, particularly drug related ones.

He said “we will not only take over the exhibit, but if there is a lead, we are ready to investigate.”

He stressed on the need for continued collaboration with other agencies, adding that “for every crime and criminality in Nigeria today, drugs play significant role.”

 

 

 

 

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