Operatives of the Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa valued at over N1.2 billion during a maiden seagoing patrol on Lagos waters.
Controller of the command, Olugboyega Peters reportedly disclosed that his men relied on intelligence and carried out round the clock surveillance for a period of three days before swooping on the target area, where the seizure was made.
Olugboyega reportedly said that the suspected smugglers seen from afar with the drugs dived into the water to escape upon sighting customs officers approaching to make the seizure.
Olugboyega reportedly said that the drugs were suspected to be shipped from Ghana and had passed through various countries by water before getting to the Shashi area of Lagos before the seizure.
Olugboyega reportedly said that the command will be liable to the destruction in collaboration with relevant government agencies like National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police.
The command’s success is attributed to the commitment of work amongst officers and men of the command to achieve the Controller General of Customs strategic plan of zero tolerance to smuggling. Olugboyega appreciates the collaboration with other government agencies like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police among others while applauding Customs for their high level of intelligence gathering and enhanced customs community relations.