By Raji Rasak
Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted a bus with four passengers loaded with 553 parcels of canabis sativa (Indian hemp) worth N10million at Seme border, Lagos State.
The Ford Bus with registration number, EPE 622 YC was intercepted by operatives during routine patrol on the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor at Gbatrome area of Badagry, Lagos State.
Seven large sacks containing 553 parcels of cannabis sativa, also known as Indian hemp, were discovered while four of the people inside the bus were also discovered to be security operatives.
Dera Nnadi, the Controller of Seme Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
In the statement issued in Semé, the controller said, “On April 21, at about 4:03p.m, officers of the command, while on routine patrol along the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor, intercepted a Ford Bus with registration number, EPE 622 YC at Gbatrome, Badagry.
“Upon search of the bus, seven large sacks containing 553 parcels of cannabis sativa, also known as Indian hemp, were discovered.
“Also, 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 contraband narcotics worth 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 agencies 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,” he said.
Nnadi condemned the nefarious means of earning a living by some members of the society, who had no consideration for the damaging effects of hard drugs which contributed to crime in the country.
He urged members of the society who traversed the Seme corridor to take advantage of the trade facilitation effort of the Nigeria Customs Service and engage in legitimate business.
The controller charged all stakeholders, officers and men of the command and sister border agencies along the corridor to remain vigilant and alert during the Salah celebration as smugglers might wish to take advantage of the public holidays to engage in their reprehensible acts.
He also directed them to ensure that all facilities and critical government infrastructure in the area of responsibilities were protected during this period as always. (NAN/vitalnewsngr.com)
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