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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

Drug barons recruiting officers into drug trafficking business – Customs boss

Drug barons recruiting officers into drug trafficking busine

Drug traffickers are increasingly enlisting customs personnel and bonded terminal officials in their operations to circumvent security checks, according to Adewale Adeniyi, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.

Adeniyi revealed that the NCS had made great strides in locating corrupt individuals both inside and outside the agency who helped transport narcotics shipments without conducting adequate inspections.

Speaking at a gathering that featured a significant cocaine bust at the Tin-Can Port, Adeniyi underlined that anybody implicated would suffer dire legal repercussions.

Adeniyi showcased N4.2 billion worth of hemp that had been seized over the weekend, emphasising that the NCS was stepping up its investigation into the actions of "unscrupulous customs officers" in an effort to remove them from the system. It was revealed that certain officers who had been indicted were working with bonded terminal operators to speed up the clearance of drug shipments.

He said, “I assure you that the service will soon name, shame and arrest those involved. The modus operandi of the syndicate involves moving imported containers from the port on transit without proper examination, diverting them to private premises instead of bonded warehouses.”

He praised the joint efforts of sister agencies in the fight against drug trafficking, especially the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

Wale Adeniyi, also reported that the Tincan Island command of the Customs Service seized illegal substances worth over N3 billion.

It was said that the Cannabis Sativa was brought from Canada.

Additionally, Nigerian Customs reported that several cough syrup boxes had been confiscated as well. 

Recall that Comptroller Kehinde Ejibunu, the head of Nigerian Customs' Operation Whirlwind, disclosed that the agency had intercepted smuggled fuel/Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, valued at 106 million, in only seven days.

It was reported that 26,950 litres of petroleum products, valued at N19 million, were smuggled into the Republic of Benin from the nation.

Other items recovered include; “121 kegs of PMS of 25 litres equivalent to 3025 litres was intercepted at Oyinkansola Global Concept along Badagry/Seme road in Lagos State on 31st of May 2024.

“77 drums of PMS (616 kegs of 25 litres) equivalent to 15, 400 litres was seized on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Seayab Petroleum along Imeko/Obada road in Ogun State. The means of conveyance is a truck with the registration number 95D4244D”.

It was further revealed that on Saturday, June 8, along Owode/Atan Road, Ogun State, another 100 kegs of PMS of 25 litres, or 2500 litres, were impounded and that at Julankoly Oil and Gas along Owode/Ilaro Road, an equivalent of 6,025 litres, made up of 141 kegs of 25 litres, was confiscated.

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