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Customs Command, Seme Border Arrests Suspect With N4.4m Indian Hemp

CustomsThe Seme Border Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Badagry Lagos, has arrested a suspect with a large quantity of illicit weeds suspected to be cannabis, otherwise known as Indian.

Already, the suspect one Mr. Sylvester Gbenga, bearing 106 wrapped parcels, has been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Command Mr Taupyen Selchang, said the cannabis which were concealed in a Toyota SEQUOIA vehicle with Lagos State registration No. EKY 407 CA was arrested at Gbaji Customs checkpoint along the busy Lagos – Badagry express way on the 17th June, 2016.

He said in a statement that the drugs were intercepted by a team led by Assistant Controller Abubakar Hamza who trailed the suspect from the neighboring Benin Republic to the point of entry and arrest.

He said the 106 parcels of suspected India Hemp weigh 8.9kg with a streeta value of N4, 452,000.00, and the suspect have been handed over to the Commander of the NDLEA at Seme Badagry axis

The Commander was represented by the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) Admin/Logistic of NDLEA Seme, Musa .I. Khalil.
Commenting on the arrest, the Acting Customs Area Controller Deputy Controller Sabo, H.A disclosed that attempt by the suspect to bribe officers on duty with N47, 500 in order to compromise his arrest was resisted.

He said that on examining the suspect and the means of conveyance, it reveals that the suspect was in possession of four International passports belonging to four different people, three handsets, One ipad, N199, 500.00) and CFA 72,000.

While handing over the suspects to the officials of the NDLEA, the Ag Customs Area Controller said that the event showcased the synergy that exists between Nigeria Customs Service and other relevant sisters agencies at the international border.

The handing over of was witnessed by the Officer in-Charge of Legal Seat CSC Ali-Sheriff and the Customs Public Relation Officer SC Taupyen , S.K.The representative of the NDLEA Commander acknowledged the receipt of the suspect, the drugs and the original case file for further investigation and possible prosecution.

-Alex Akao

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