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Customs arrests two suspects in connection with N308m Indian hemp seizure

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service has arrested two men in connection with a total of 3,815kg of Indian hemp also known as cannabis sativa worth N308 million.

The Acting Comptroller, FOU, Zone A, Ag. Compt. Hussein Ejibunu, told newsmen at a briefing that the two suspects, Ebuka Mbamalu and Iruka Chita, were arrested along Ogere-Ilaro expressway in connection with the drugs.

Ejibunu said the suspects were handed over to the NDLEA for necessary investigation and prosecution.

According to him, the two suspects were found with 627.0kg and 80 parcels of Cannabis Sativa.

He said, “As a nation, it is our responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property and to ensure that illicit items do not find their way into the country.

“Cannabis sativa is a substance that is widely used by criminals, kidnappers, bandits and even Boko Haram; they use this substance to charge up in a way to allow them to carry out dastardly acts.”

“We are completely resolute on ensuring continuous synergy. I am putting it across to you today that the synergy will be completely resounded.”

State Commander of the NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, commended the Customs Controller for the collaboration between the two agencies.

Alumona, who was represented by the Deputy Commander, Operations and Intelligence, Lagos State Command, NDLEA, Mr. Augustine Yusuf, said the agency was determined to deal with anyone involved in drugs.

His words: “We have put in place a grand strategy which is called War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), and we are taking it to the grass root so that more people will be enlightened for them to make the right choices in their lives.

“The Nigerian Customs Service has been wonderful. They have been part of us since creation and they have been there as a big brother figure to us all the way. For the suspects, we will conduct investigation and those who made the arrest will avail us with useful information for possible prosecution.”

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