FOU Customs intercepts cannabis worth N60.4m in Ogun


The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 1,300 parcels of substance suspected to be cannabis in Ogun State.

Briefing journalists yesterday in Lagos, Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Haruna Mahmud said the drugs which were being transported to Cross River State in Calabar were intercepted by officers of the unit along Sagamu-Ijebuode expressway.

He said two suspects; Itobor Egede and Munirudeen Ikumapayi were arrested in connection with the seizure and have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation and prosecution.

Comptroller Haruna who was represented by the acting Deputy Comptroller in charge of Administration, Adamu Abubarkar said the substance is valued at N60.4million.

He said, “The seizures was made through intelligence of our officers and stop and search on the Sagamu-Ijebuode axis of Ogun State.”

Representative of the NDLEA, Lawal Opeloyeru said the substance would be subjected to forensic examination after which the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.

He commended the Customs officers for showing high level of tolerance amidst temptation from the suspects.

“I congratulate Customs for the great achievement because arrest of this nature comes with temptation and compromise but we are happy today that the interest of the nation is more paramount to your officers.

He said most crimes are committed under the influence of drugs but assured that the agency will continue to be on the look out to ensure that Nigeria is free for all to live in.

He advised those still engage in the illicit trade to have a rethink before the full weight of the law catch up with them.

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