The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi Area Command, has handed over seized 632kg of Indian hemp and 199 sachets of 1,000 pieces each of five milligrams of Diazapam tablets to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Controller command, Hafiz Kalla, handed over the items to the NDLEA Commandant in the state, Peter Odaudu, in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday.
Kalla said the handover was “in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration”.
He said that the items were seized by officers and men of the command following intelligence reports.
“The items comprised 632 parcels of one kilogram each of Cannabis (Indian hemp) and two small sacks containing 199 sachets of 1,000 pieces each of Diazapam (5mg) tablets.
“The duty paid value of the items stands at N22.02 million,” he said.
Kalla said the command had, from January to date, recorded 47 seizures of assorted items, including 751 bags of 50kg of foreign rice concealed under sacks of onions in a truck.
“The duty paid value of the items stands at N51.76 million. The sum of N3 million was also generated as fees from auction sales of inflammable items and scraps within the period,” he said.
Receiving the drugs, the NDLEA commandant thanked the NCS for the seizure and synergy with NDLEA, which, he said, would promote security and reduce crime.
“No one agency, by itself, can do it; it is this collaboration that will help us. We must collaborate against illegal drugs to reduce criminality and insecurity,” he said.