Customs seizes Indian hemp, medicaments worth N783m
The Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone “A”, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service, has impounded a total of 147 sacks and 120 parcels of Indian hemp as well as other medicaments worth N783million in Lagos from dealers within the last three weeks.
The illicit drugs with a Duty Paid Value, DPV of N73million were loaded in sacks and intercepted in three seizures.
Available records also show that a total 27 assorted vehicles, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, bales of used cloths and lace materials, used tyres, and other general merchandise were also seized.
Also impounded were two trucks laden with 1,104 cartons of different medicaments worth N12.135 million.
According to the Customs Area Controller in charge of the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Garba, who briefed newsmen, said the seized consignments have been handed over to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC for further investigations.
He commended operatives of the NDLEA and NAFDAC and other security agencies, especially the military and the Police for their continuous support in curbing these criminal activities.
The unit has made a total of 54 seizures in the recent past while 16 suspects were arrested in connection with these seizures.
FOU is the anti-smuggling arm of the service.