Ogun state Customs intercepts 317 sacks of Indian Hemp

As part of its fight against smuggling activities around border areas of Ogun State, the state command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted over 1.8 tons of cannabis sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

The Customs Area Controller, Michael Agbara, made this known to newsmen on Tuesday at the command’s headquarters, Idiroko, Ogun State, while reeling out the scorecard of the command for the first quarter of 2019 fiscal year.

Agbara explained that the 1.8 tons of cannabis consist of 176 sacks, 120 compressed book packs and 21 compressed coconut packs of Indian hemp.

He further added that the command between January and March 2019 made 226 seizures comprising of 83 units of vehicles, 12,720 bags of foreign rice, 446 kegs of vegetable oil.

Others include six sacks of used foot wears, 583 packs of used tyres and 550 kegs of petrol.

He added that the recorded successes came about with series of clashes between officers of the command and some smugglers, leading to loss of lives and property.

Agbara however reiterated the commitment of the command to further dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on social and economic implication of smuggling.

He equally announced that the suspects involved in the murder of a Customs Officer, Hamisu Sani, were facing trial, while the command has succeeded in arresting three suspects involved in the attack on officers of the command at Papalanto on March 8, 2019.

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