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Seme customs intercepts cocaine worth about N4 billion at checkpoint along Seme-Badagry Expressway


Segun Oladipupo

The Seme command.of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it intercepted eleven parcels of substance suspected to be cocaine worth almost four billion naira at a checkpoint along Seme-Badagry Expressway

The substance,which was seized along with a suspect was intercepted in a Ford Transit bus conveying religious books.

Showcasing the seizure, Deputy Superintendent of Customs, DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, the command’s Public Relations Officer, in a statement stated that the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo explained that the substance was intercepted along Seme- Badagry Expressway at about 09:00 hrs on Sunday 23rd January, 2022.

“Consequently, the substance was subjected to test and verification by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and was found to be cocaine weighing 11.913kg.

” The street value of the items was estimated to be three billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, six hundred and twenty-four thousand, one hundred and forty-seven Naira (N3,916,624,147.00) only.

The command also stated that it initiated offensive patrol against the smuggling of petroleum products along the creeks within the Seme and Badagry axis.

The renewed effort, the command said, led to the interception of large quantities of petroleum products packaged in sacks on Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

“The aforementioned items were successfully evacuated to the Command premises where an examination was conducted.

” One thousand and sixty-five (1,065) jerrycans of petroleum products thirty (30) litres each, equivalent to thirty one thousand, nine hundred and fifty (31,950) litres were discovered with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Ten million, forty one thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight Naira (N10,041,198.00) only.

Accordingly, the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo stressed that the offensive crackdown on the activities of the petroleum products smugglers is with a mission of getting them arrested wherever they are.

 He reassured that the Command will continue to make life uncomfortable for the unpatriotic Nigerians trading illegal businesses in the area.

The customs boss, while appreciating the cooperation of sister agencies and relevant stakeholders at Seme Border, reiterated the commitment of his officers and men in enforcing government fiscal policies for the overall national growth and development.

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