Customs intercepts 3,593kg of Marijuana in Kwara community bordering

The Kwara of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted and seized 3,593 kgs of cannabis sativa (marijiana) along Bukuro, Baruten local government area of the state.

The Area Controller of Customs in the state, Husseini Ahmed, made the disclosure during a press conference on Wednesday in Ilorin.

Ahmed said that based on reliable information, the was able to intercept the transportation and seizure of the illicit substances at Bukuro, a border  community to Benin Republic.

According to him, the drugs were concealed in  fairly used clothes.

“The smugglers ran away immediately they saw men approaching and left 48 sacks containing cannabis sativa weighing 3,593kgs, well packaged in a fairly used clothings to prevent any suspicion.

“The substances will be handed to the Nigeria Drug Law Agency (NDLEA) as soon as possible,” Ahmed said.

The Area controller also revealed that since August 2019 when he assumed duty, to January 2020, the Kwara of NCS had made 47 seizures with duty paid value of N448 million.

He attributed the feat to sensitisation and of relevant stakeholders.

According to him,  “in the area of anti-smuggling, the command seized 16 of vehicles of various types, 953 bags of rice (50kg each), 4,357 bags of imported mosquito coil, and 184 jerry cans of petroleum products (25 liters each).”

Ahmed decried the high  rate of use of marijuana among youths in the country.

“We, at the  Kwara command of NCS will continue to do everything possible to stop the smuggling of the substance in to guarantee a great and promising future for children and the society should cooperate with us,” Ahmed said.

He therefore, assured command would continue to and sensitise the public on the strategic role of Customs activities to the social and economic stability of the nation. (NAN)