Oyo/Osun Customs Intercepts, Hands Over Cannabis Sativa
BY FUNMI ALUKO
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Oyo/Osun Area Command has handed over 12 (Twelve) sacks and 195 (One Hundred and Ninety-Five) compressed wraps of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) weighing 259kg (Two Hundred and Fifty-Nine Kilograms) to officials of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Babajide. A Jaiyeoba who disclosed above in a statement disclosed that the outlawed substance was intercepted by officers of the command while on routine patrol operation. The 12 sacks and 195 wraps of Cannabis Sativa was handed over to the Oyo State NDLEA Commander, Commander of Nacotics, CN Yinka Joe-Fadile.
The seizure according to the CAC is in line with the policy thrust of the Ag. Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR dsm fnipr psc(+), even as he explained that the handover is also aimed at bolstering the already existing interagency collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The statement signed by the Command Public Relations Officer, Kayode Wey quoted the customs area boss as saying that the Service is saddled with the responsibility of facilitating legitimate trade, collection of revenue for government and suppression of smuggling, which constitutes national security.
“We would like to seize this opportunity to assure members of the general public that officers and men of the Command would continue to conduct our duties professionally and leave no stone unturned to ensure that our AoR is free from activities of unscrupulous elements with the aim of making our great Country (Nigeria) safe for all Citizens.”
Jayeioba who acknowledged the collaboration of sister agencies with the customs service also thanked other stakeholders, especially host community leaders for their purposeful partnership.
“I will like to acknowledge and appreciate Sister Security Agencies for their collaboration in our fight against smuggling. We equally recognize the cooperation of Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders, Stakeholders, the government and good people of Oyo and Osun States in providing enabling environment for Command Officers to perform our statutory duties optimally”, he said.