The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Thursday handed over a total of 3,851 kg of Indian hemp known as Cannabis Sativa worth N308 million at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Speaking to reporters, Acting Controller, FOU, Zone A, Ag. Count. Hussein Ejibunu, said two suspects, Ebuka Mbamalu and Iruka Chita, were arrested in connection with cannabis along the Ogere-Ilaro highway.
According to him, the two suspects were, however, handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation and persecution, claiming that they were in possession of 627.0 kg and 80 packages of Cannabis Sativa respectively.
When handing over the suspects to the NDLEA, Ejibunu emphasized the importance of the synergy that existed between Customs and the NDLEA.
He said: “As a nation, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of life and property and to ensure that illicit items do not find their way into the country. Cannabis sativa is a substance widely used by criminals, kidnappers, bandits and even Boko Haram, they use this substance to recharge in such a way that they can perform dastardly acts.
“We are completely committed to ensuring continued synergy and I am impressing on you today that the synergy will be fully reverberated,” Ejibunu said.
Speaking earlier, State Commander, NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, appreciated the collaboration between the service and the NDLEA.
Alumina, who was represented by the Deputy Commander, Operations and Intelligence, Lagos State Command, NDLEA, Mr. Augustine Yusuf, said that the synergy between the two agencies will end the cross-border trade and importation of drugs illicit.
He said: ‘Our motive and our action has been so clear and that is to let everyone say no to drugs, and we have done our best to enlighten the public, which is evident under the leadership of the Current Chairman of NDLEA to Escalate Drug Addiction. control.
“We have a grand strategy in place called the War on Drug Abuse (AMA), and we are running it from the ground up so that more people are enlightened to make the right choices in their lives. life.
He continued, “The Nigerian personal service has been wonderful. They have been a part of us since inception and they have been their great father figure to us in every way and on the suspects we will investigate and those who made the arrest will avail themselves of useful information for possible lawsuits.