Headlines

NCS, NDLEA collaborative efforts yield positive results – Adeniyi

0

By Bisi LAWAL

 

The ongoing collaborative efforts between the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have consistently yielded positive results.

The NCS Comptroller General, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed on Thursday in Lagos at the Tincan Seaport when he led his team to hand over illicit drugs of seized containers that the anti-narcotic agency had been tracking based on credible intelligence from international partnersduring a joint examination with NDLEA and other security agencies.

Adeniyi said, “In recognition of the threats and the collaborative nature of criminal activities, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has steadfastly prioritised strategic partnerships with stakeholders over the past seven months.

“This deliberate focus aims to harness the specialised expertise of our partners in a manner that enhances our capability to fulfil our core mandates.

“Just as criminals find strength in collaboration, government agencies must equally appreciate the advantages of working collectively to fulfil their statutory responsibilities.

“It is within this context that the ongoing collaborative efforts between the NCS and the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have consistently yielded positive results.

“This collaborative synergy exemplifies the effectiveness of pooling resources and intelligence, reinforcing the commitment of both agencies to safeguarding the nation’s borders and protecting its citizens from the threats posed by illegal substances.”

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), also declared that the synergy between the two law enforcement agencies is a strong warning to drug cartels that they’ll continue to lose their investments in the criminal trade.

“This level of cooperation between NDLEA and Customs, as well as other security agencies and port stakeholders, is a strong signal to drug cartels that our ports, and indeed Nigeria, will not be a haven for their criminal business,” Marwa said.

Marwa, who was represented at the ceremony by the Agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said the “handing over of seized illicit drugs in custody of the Nigeria Customs Service is a development that speaks volumes about the hard work and diligence of security agencies tasked with securing the territory of our country.

“The seizure is a testament that, just like the airports, the seaports are also secured.

“That we are here today doing this is a testament to the cooperation we received from the Nigeria Customs Service.

“This level of cooperation between NDLEA and Customs, as well as other security agencies and port stakeholders, is a strong signal to drug cartels that our ports, and indeed Nigeria, will not be a haven for their criminal business.

“The synergy between Customs and NDLEA would further ensure the closing of other loopholes that criminal elements may have capitalised on in the past years to smuggle illicit items into our country.”

Marwa expressed appreciation to the leadership, men, and officers of Customs for the collaboration between the Service and NDLEA, not only at Tincan Port but across all areas of responsibility where the two agencies partner to promote the interests of the country.

He continued, “I will also seize this opportunity to commend the officers and men of the Tin Can Command of NDLEA and other special units, including our K-9 unit, involved in the processes leading to these seizures, for their steadfastness since we received intelligence weeks ago from our international partners on the containers from which these drugs were recovered as they departed the port of loading.

“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 Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service and also requested that the command ensure the containers were pinned down for 100 per cent examination.”

Marwa assured that “NDLEA, Nigeria Customs, and other security organisations remain committed to ensuring that the country’s territorial integrity is protected.”

The items handed over include 65 packets of Colorado, a strain of cannabis weighing 32.5kg seized from 40FT Container No. UACU 534833/6 imported from Canada; 17 parcels of cocaine weighing 16.690kg; 151 parcels of Colorado weighing 107kg; some precursor chemicals, among others, seized from 1 by 40ft Container No. MSCU 458177/0 was imported from Durban, South Africa.

Others are 40 packets of cocaine weighing 39.7kg; and 1026 packets of Colorado weighing 688.2kg seized from 40ft container No. THRU 796807/1 imported from Durban, South Africa; and 226 packets of Colorado weighing 128kg seized from 40ft container No. MEDU 785276/3 imported from Durban, South Africa.

 

© 2024, maritimemag. All rights reserved.

NCS seizes N4.3bn cocaine, arms from South Africa, Canada

Previous article

 Inflationary pressures to decline in 2024 – CBN

Next article

You may also like

Comments

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Headlines