Customs honours officers for seizure of 10,000kg cannabis sativa

Nigeria Customs Service

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Western Marine Command, on Friday gave commendation certificates to 11 officers who facilitated the seizure of 10,000kg of cannabis sativa on April 21.

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Olugbenga Peters, made the presentation of the certificates to the officers in Lagos.

The Western Marine Command is an enforcement unit and its main function is to protect the waterways, fight insecurity and combat smuggling.

Peters said that the commendation certificates would serve as a morale booster to the officers and encourage officers of the Western Marine Command.

He noted that the officers on April 21, seized over 10 tonnes of cannabis saliva valued at N1.02 billion, the biggest single catch in the history of the customs on high sea.

The officers act has demonstrated zero tolerance to corruption and other vices in line with the policy thrust of the present administration, Peters said.

He listed the eleven officers as: T.H. Baba, N.E.Tangwa, T.D. Ogundipe, I. Sulaiman, S. Dauda, N. N.Udo, M.E. Okauru, S. Dimka, Y.K. Mohammed, R. Lawal and M. Akanni.

Peters said that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had recognised the activities of the Western Marine Command in combating smuggling.

He also said that UNODC was perfecting plans to install a video teleconferencing equipment that would enhance the operations of the maritime industry.

Peters said that the equipment when installed would strengthen inter agen....

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