Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Command, has intercepted cocaine, arms and ammunition worth N4.3 billion.
Customs Comptroller-General, Bashir Adeniyi, disclosed this while addressing journalists during the handing over of the seized contraband at the command on Thursday.
Adeniyi said that the seized contraband came from South Africa and Canada.
He added that the command also intercepted Colorado Indica weighing 32.5 kilogrammes.
Adeniyi said, “Other seized contraband included 65 packets of Colarado Indica weighing 32.5kg seized from a 40-foot container with number, UACU 534833/6 imported from Canada.
“17 packets of a substance weighing 16.690kg confirmed to be cocaine, 151 packets Colarado Indica weighing 107 kg, one piece Gen2 Air Soft Pistol with serial number, 471908, empty magazine.
“49 rounds of 7.62 mm live ammunition, 197 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, precursor chemicals for the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, 8bags of tartaric acid weighing 25kg, 100kegs of unspecified substances seized from one 40 foot container with number, MSCU 458177/0 imported from Durban, South Africa.”
The Customs boss added that “40 packets of substances weighing 39.7kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 1026 packets weighing 688.2kg confirmed to be Colarado Indica, two pistols without serial numbers, one pistol with serial number, AZYSRA6YSO12101181, 3 empty magazines, 275 rounds of 5.5mm M16 Tavor live ammunition, six rounds of 9mm blank ammunition seized from one 40 foot container with serial number, THRU 796807/1 imported from Durban, South Africa were also seized.”
Adeniyi said that the total seized substances were 56.39kg of cocaine valued at N2.3bn, and 955kg of Colorado Indica valued at N1.9bn, “all with a street value of N4.3bn.
“The summary of the weapons seized were five pistols, 445 rounds of live ammunition and several empty pistol magazines.”
The Customs boss stressed that the collaborative efforts with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have proved effective in pooling resources and intelligence to safeguard the nation’s borders.
He reiterated that the seizures have brought to light a trend wherein criminal networks engaged in collaborative attempts to subvert the competency of the agencies tasked with mitigating the entry of such illicit substances.
“Our actions underscore the persistent challenges posed by sophisticated smuggling networks, emphasizing the critical need for enhanced cooperation and advanced strategies to fortify the nation’s borders and preserve the safety and security of its citizens,” Adeniyi said.
He added that due to the threats and the collaborative nature of criminal activities, the agency has prioritised strategic partnerships with stakeholders over the past seven months.
Earlier, NDLEA Director-General, Buba Maruwa, while receiving the seized hard drugs, said that the handing over of the illicit drugs by the NCS is a development that speaks volumes about the hard work and diligence of security agencies tasked with securing the territory of the country.
Marwa, who was represented at the event by the spokesperson of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, added that the seizure was a testament that, just like the airports, the seaports are also secure.
“The command and other units had diligently tracked the movement of the containers up to the time of their landing in our port.
“In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, NDLEA never hesitated to share intelligence with the Tincan Island Command of the NCS and also requested that the command ensure the containers were pinned down for 100 per cent examination,” he said.