Nigeria: Significant Drug and Arms Bust by Nigerian Customs at Tincan Island Port

Nigeria: Significant Drug and Arms Bust by Nigerian Customs at Tincan Island Port

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The Tincan Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) made a substantial seizure, intercepting 56.39kg of cocaine and 955kg of Colorado Indica (marijuana), with a combined value of N4.3 billion. The illicit substances were traced back to smuggling operations originating from South Africa and Canada.

During a media conference in Lagos, the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed that the confiscated cocaine was estimated at N2.4 billion, while the marijuana’s value was calculated at N1.9 billion. Additionally, the Customs Command seized five pistols, 445 rounds of live ammunition, and various empty pistol magazines.

The list of seized items includes 65 packets of Colorado Indica, weighing 32.5kg, found in a 1x40FT container imported from Canada (No. UACU 534833/6). Moreover, 17 packets weighing 16.690kg, confirmed to be cocaine, and 151 packets of Colorado Indica weighing 107kg were uncovered. A Gen2 Airsoft pistol, precursor chemicals for manufacturing crystal methamphetamine, and various other items were also confiscated from different containers originating from South Africa.

Adeniyi highlighted the collaborative effort with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), emphasizing the effectiveness of pooling resources and intelligence. Buba Maruwa, Director-General of NDLEA, commended the diligence of security agencies, stating that the interception showcased the commitment to securing not only airports but also seaports.

Maruwa acknowledged the meticulous tracking of container movements by Customs, stressing the importance of inter-agency collaboration. He specifically mentioned the request for a 100% examination of the containers, reflecting the dedication to preventing illegal activities.

The successful operation underscores the significance of coordinated efforts among security agencies in curbing drug trafficking and arms smuggling. As authorities remain vigilant, these actions contribute to maintaining security and upholding the rule of law at Nigerian ports.

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