The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized forty-seven contraband items worth over N484 million from August last year to January this year.
The seized items include 16 units of vehicles of various types, 953 bags of foreign rice, 4,357 bags of mosquito coil, 184 Jerry cans of petrol and 3,593 kilograms of cannabis sativa known as Marijuana contained in 48 sacks.
Addressing journalists at the Command’s headquarters in Ilorin, the Area Customs Comptroller, Comptroller Hussein Bello Ahmed, frowned at the rate marijuana was being smuggled into the country, warning that the Custom would do everything humanly possible to stop the smuggling of the substance to guarantee the promising future of the youth.
“The seizure of 48 bags of cannabis sativa otherwise known as marijuana is another feat recorded by the Command, considering the abuse of the substance across the country by our teeming youth.
“This act is very unfortunate, but I want to assure you that Kwara Command will continue to do everything humanly possible to stop the smuggling of the substance to guarantee a great and promising future for our youths,” he said.
Comptroller Ahmed, however, emphasized that the Command would continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on the strategic role of the Custom activities to the social and economic stability of the nation, while also assuring Nigerians that the enforcement of government’s policies would always be accorded utmost priority with strict adherence to extant laws and guidelines.
While commending the synergy between the Custom and other sister agencies, opinion leaders, traditional institutions and other key stakeholders, Comptroller Ahmed appealed to Nigerians to support the Agency in its anti-smuggling war to end the ugly trend in the country.
Comptroller Hussaini Bello revealed that the Command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on the strategic role of the Nigeria Customs Service activities to the social and economic stability on the nation.
The Area Controller said the Command would continue to count on the support in the discharge of its statutory functions.