Customs nab cannabis, rice, others worth N90m on waterways


By Kehinde Ibrahim, Lagos

Western Marine Command (WMC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday said it seized 32 sacks of items suspected to be cannabis sativa weighing a total of 1,437

The contrabands according to the command were intercepted in a wooden boat through credible intelligence at Oko-Aja beach on Wednesday, March 20, 2022.

The Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) of the amphibian command, Comptroller Abubakar Umar while briefing journalists, said that the street value of the seized cannabis is N168 million.

According to the Comptroller, since his assumption of office in February, other items including foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled from Benin Republic were intercepted.

In total, he said the command intercepted 838 bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to have been smuggled into the country between February and May, 2022.

The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized parboiled rice; Comptroller Umar said was N29.6 million

Other contraband items seized by the operatives of the command in four months include; foreign parboiled rice concealed in 35 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 30kg of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 8 kegs of Spaghetti noodles, 250 sachets of pepper onion tomato.

Speaking further, Comptroller Umar summed the total DPV of all the seizures as N190.2 million.