In a significant effort to combat the proliferation of illicit substances, the Oyo/Osun command of the Nigeria Customs Service has handed over a substantial quantity of Cannabis Sativa, valued at over 14 million naira, to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The handover ceremony took place at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan.
Area Comptroller Ben Oramalugo led the operation and personally conducted the handover of 64 sacks and 150 wraps of Cannabis Sativa to the NDLEA. The event underscored the commitment of the Customs Service to collaborate with law enforcement agencies in tackling the menace of drug trafficking.
During the presentation, Comptroller Oramalugo expressed deep concern over the alarming rate of youth addiction to drug consumption. He emphasized that the Customs command in Oyo/Osun would remain vigilant and resolute in preventing the region from becoming a fertile ground for drug smugglers.
The illicit substances handed over to the NDLEA were seized during operations conducted between September and October. In addition to the Cannabis Sativa, the Customs Service recovered a range of items from smugglers during this period. The confiscated items include 1,248 bags of rice, 425 containers of 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, 24 bales of used clothing and bags, used tires, and one Dane gun.
The collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and the NDLEA reflects a joint determination to curb the illegal trade in narcotics and safeguard the well-being of communities. The handover of the seized Cannabis Sativa is a significant step towards eradicating the influence of illicit drugs, particularly among the youth.
The NDLEA, as the primary agency tasked with enforcing drug laws in Nigeria, commended the Customs Service for its proactive efforts in intercepting and preventing the distribution of narcotics. This coordinated approach strengthens the nation’s resolve to create a drug-free society and protect its citizens from the adverse effects of substance abuse.
As the fight against drug trafficking intensifies, the collaboration between law enforcement agencies remains crucial in ensuring the success of these operations and promoting a safer and healthier environment for all Nigerians.