The Controller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone D of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) based in Bauchi , Mr Adesanmi Omiye, on Thursday handed over Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) worth N30million to the NDLEA Command in the state.
Omiye said that the consignments in 12 sacks were seized from two suspects that were apprehended along Adamawa Road .
He said that the suspects were apprehended through intelligence report gathered by the Customs officers on patrol.
”As parts of our efforts to reduce the ugly trend of drug consumption in the state, we had made seizures of 12 sacks containing Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) with the duty paid value of N30,000,000,00,” he said.
He said that the handing over of the seized items to the NDLEA was necessary .
He said , “The Nigeria Customs Service is aware that the NDLEA is a federal agency, established and charged with the responsibilities of eliminating the growing, cultivating, processing, selling, and trafficking of hard drugs.
“While investigation continues on persons suspected to have dealings in drugs and other related matters , we had handed over the 12 sacks of the seized marijuana and the two suspects to the NDLEA for their on investigation,” the Customs boss said.
The Comptroller charged the members of the public to report and provide the Customs officers with any suspicious movement or information.
He reiterated that the Customs Service would not relent in its efforts to get rid of all prohibited items, noting that they were committed to enforcing a ban on smuggling of contraband in the country.
Responding, Malam Nasiru Modi ,the Commander of Metropolis Operations of the NDLEA in Bauchi commended the efforts of the NCS for complementing the efforts of the agency.
He said that his agency would further investigate the suspects and the seized marijuana for prosecution.
Modi said that the NDLEA would continue to partner the NCS to rid the state of its bad eggs.