Customs intercepted N4bn drugs from Canada, India in one month — CG

The Nigeria Customs Service has said that within one month, the service intercepted various hard drugs worth N4.1bn coming from Canada and India.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the Tincan Island Command in Lagos on Friday.

Giving details of the seizures, he said that within the period under review, the service intercepted several packs of cannabis indica weighing, 1,072kg coming from Canada.

“The service intercepted three plastic drums concealing several packets of Cannabis Indica, 46 bags containing 2,144 packets of Cannabis Indica all weighing 1,072kg imported from Canada. The approximate street value of the illicit substances is N3.2bn,” Adewale said.

He stated that the service also intercepted 877 cartons of Bacardin Syrup coming from India.

“877 cartons of Barcadin cough syrup with codeine-containing 200 bottles of 100ml in each carton and 82 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac Sodium 50mg tablets 600 packs per carton imported from India, was seized,” the CGC said.

He stated that the street value of the illicit pharmaceutical product was N964m.

“However, it is also evidence of our resolve to remain vigilant and to showcase our ability. And determination to intercept and disrupt, the activities of those who seek to harm our nation,” the CGC said.

The customs helmsman vowed that the service would continue to work closely with relevant national and international agencies on operations that would lead to the interception of illegal goods and the disruption of criminal networks.

“We urge all patriotic Nigerians to continue their legitimate business activities, knowing that the NCS is actively working with stakeholders to ease the challenges faced by businesses and the general public,” Adeniyi said.

The CGC reiterated that the misuse and abuse of drugs, particularly cannabis indica, and codeine, pose severe dangers to society.

“Codeine, a restricted drug in Nigeria, has been widely abused, leading to devastating effects on our youths

“This substance not only impairs the health and well-being of individuals but also contributes to the rise in criminal activities

“Cannabis indica, similarly, has become a significant concern, with its abuse leading to mental health issues, addiction, and social problems,” he said.

He said that the interceptions have brought to light a concerning trend wherein criminal networks engage in collaborative attempts to subvert the competency of the agencies tasked with mitigating the trafficking of such illicit substances.

“These drugs, for instance, are used as stimulants by criminals, further fueling societal unrest and instability

“Additionally, the proceeds from the illicit drug trade are often used to finance disruptions by non-state actors, posing a significant threat to our national security and economic stability,” Adeniyi said.

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