The Nigeria Customs Service’s Kebbi Area command said that in August, it detained one suspect, seized 824 jerrycans of Petroleum Motor Spirit, or 20,600 liters, and other contraband worth N61 million.
According to Nasiru Managa, the command’s public relations officer, 389 wraps of Cannabis sativa were also found within the time period under consideration.
The apprehended suspect has been released on administrative bail, according to the statement.
“389 wraps of Cannabis Sativa, 824 jerrycans of PMS amounting to 20, 600 liters, 75bags of fertilizer (23 bags of 50kg and 52 bags of 25kg, respectively), 128 bales of second-hand clothing, 22 jerry cans of vegetable (25 liters each), one used Toyota Corolla, 54 bags of sugar of 50kg each, 8 local canoes amongst others”
According to the statement from the Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Comptroller Joseph Attah, although other seizures have economic repercussions, Cannabis Sativa seizures have serious security and health effects that are best imagined rather than experienced.
Attah said, “We remain resolute on our determination to bring criminal trans-border trade actors to their kneels in this command. We continue to call on the business community to take advantage of the reopened Kamba border to do their trans-border businesses. Passing or attempting to pass goods through any other border in Kebbi State apart from Kamba is still illegal as the Federal Government policy on border closure remains in force.”
He asserts that people indicating to smugglers is the new problem anti-smuggling agents in this Command are dealing with.