Marine Customs foils N380m marijuana smuggling attempts along Badagry creeks

The anti-smuggling operations by the Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command, have largely been success against activities of smugglers moving their wares, particularly marijuana, along the Badagry creeks in Lagos State.

The marijuana smugglers who thought they had found a safe haven by the creeks, started facing their waterloo since February, as the command has on records, seizures of the harmful weed to the tune of N380 million.

Comptroller Umar Yusuf, said that within the February to June7 period, three spectacular seizures totaling 111 jumbo bags were made within the Badagry axis, and successfully moved to the command base in Ibafo-Apapa, with the assistance of the Nigerian Navy.

It is recorded that on Feb. 9, 2016, the command intercepted 48 jumbo bales of marijuana, which the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) valued as N150 million.

Again, on May 5, the operatives of the command intercepted 26 jumbo-sized bags of marijuana put at a value of N100 million, while the third seizure of the same kind of consignment of 37 bales valued N130 million was effected on June 7.

Yusuf said the Western Marine Command would not take the operations lying low as the substance is capable of ruining people who consume it, and become nuisance and security threat to society.

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