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Customs intercepts cannabis smuggled from Ghana in Ogun

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Command, has intercepted a significant quantity of illicit substances, including 90 sacks and 1,309 parcels of cannabis sativa, smuggled from Ghana into Ogun State.

Speaking to the media in Abeokuta, the Customs Area Controller of Ogun 1 Command, Comptroller James Ojo, emphasized the grave danger posed by such illegal imports to the nation’s security and well-being.

Ojo highlighted the command’s recent achievements in combating smuggling activities, stating, “Since I assumed office on April 16, 2024, we have intensified our efforts to curb smuggling activities in the state.”

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He continued, “During this period, we have made significant seizures, including cannabis sativa, foreign-used pneumatic tyres, foreign parboiled rice, used clothes, frozen poultry products, and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).”

Comptroller Ojo explained the adverse effects of the seized items on society, particularly cannabis sativa, which he described as a psychoactive drug with devastating effects, especially on youth, contributing to criminal activities such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and terrorism.

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He also highlighted the dangers of using foreign-used pneumatic tyres beyond their recommended lifespan, posing risks to motorists’ safety on Nigerian highways.

Regarding the seized foreign parboiled rice, Comptroller Ojo reiterated the government’s prohibition on its importation through land borders to promote local production and food security.

He urged support for the Nigeria Customs Service in its efforts to combat smuggling activities and safeguard national security and economic well-being.

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Ojo also appreciated the support from the Customs headquarters and stakeholders while reaffirming the command’s commitment to its mandate.

He warned economic saboteurs to desist from smuggling activities, assuring that the Customs Service would continue its vigilance and enforcement actions to uphold the law.

The Ogun 1 Command also expressed optimism about enhancing revenue generation and fostering economic growth through legitimate trade activities with the cooperation of compliant traders and stakeholders.

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