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Customs intercepts N4bn illicit drugs from Canada, India

Customs intercepts N4bn illicit drugs from Canada, India

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it intercepted various illicit drugs worth N4.1 billion imported from Canada and India.

Adewale Adeniyi, comptroller general of Customs, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the Tin-Can Island Command on Friday.

He said the service intercepted several packs of cannabis indica weighing 1,072 kilograms 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 N3.2 billion,” Adeniyi said.

He said the service also intercepted 877 cartons of Bacardin Syrup coming from India with a street value of the illicit N964 million.

“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.

According to him, the single operation successfully conducted by the Tin-Can Island Command showed a very troubling trend that evolved tactics of criminality in the country.

“We have resolved to remain vigilant and to showcase our ability by intercepting and disrupting the activities of those who seek to harm our nation,” the CGC said.

Adeniyi 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, knowing that the NCS is actively working with stakeholders to ease the challenges faced by businesses and the general public,” Adeniyi said.

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

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

He said drugs are used as stimulants by criminals that fuel societal unrest and instability.

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