Ejibunu Wages War on Psychotropic Substances, As FOU ‘A’ Intercepts Cannabis Sativa Worth N400 Million

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Ejibunu displaying a parcel of the hemp
The Controller in tete-a-,tete with the O/C warehouse, Assist Compt Maikudi
Ejibunu & his PA– Supt Julius

Psychotropic substances are now gradually becoming a way of life for many Nigerians as the Federal Operations Unit, zone A of the Customs today disclosed that a lorry load of 9,857 parcels of cannabis sativa weighing 5,338 kg, with Duty paid value (DPV) of N400 million was intercepted by its operatives.

Conducting newsmen around the customs warehouse, its Controller, Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu regretted that it is worrisome that such huge seizure was made in a single swoop.

He noted that the Indian hemp was imported from Ghana and intercepted within the creeks of Ajah in lagos in the wee hours of the morning. A suspect in connection with the crime is already in custody.

‘ Crime experts have found a direct relationship between the intake of this controlled plant and violent crimes.
We are conscious of this challenge and will continually cut the supply chain of illicit drugs and other prohibited substances ” He deposed.

Other officers join Ejibunu to display the hemp parcels
Deputy Comptrollers Amusan (left) and Bolajoko (right)
Seized rice litter the FOU’s warehouse

Others seizures in the month of May which featured prominently include 12 trailer loads of rice (6,861 bags) of foreign parboiled rice, 1,236 Jerry cans of petroleum and two by 20 containers of unprocessed wood.

Others are four units of used vehicles, 40×5 Jerry cans of vegetable oil as well as 54 bales of second hand clothing. Altogether, four suspects were arrested in connection with some of the intercepted goods.

Ejibunu revealed that for ongoing prosecution of suspects, the Federal High Court at Abeokuta-Ogun state has sentenced one Musa Oloyede, Fishing Godwin David and Adeniyi Alaye, to two years imprisonment for assaulting his officers while carrying out their statutory duties.

The Controller noted that detentions and seizures recorded within the period under review amounted to 79 seizures, with a total Duty paid value of N1,025 905,110.
He described the feat as a product of surveillance, intelligence gathering and regular patrols.

The duo here
Ejibunu faces the Press in question & answer

According to him, these were intercepted at different times and locations within the border corridors of the South West zone.
He also said some of the wares were intercepted for either violating the guidelines on the importation/exportation of goods, concealment, under-valuation, wrong classification and smuggling, while others were seized for contravening policy directives ‘as it is in the case of foreign rice’

On revenue, the customs helmsman pointed out that the sum of N38,355,362.88 was generated through conscious and thorough documentary checks, followed by issuance of Demand Notices on consignments that were found to have paid lesser amounts than the appropriate customs duty.

Ejibunu urged patriotic Nigerians to promptly share information with customs operatives that will assist to checkmate the menace of smuggling.

‘Since smuggling is a crime that deals in illegal trade, such as illicit drugs and prohibited weapons, Nigerians should see insecurity and other crimes as products of smuggling. The perpetrators should be considered as common enemies of the land that must be jointly fought by all citizens’ He noted.

One of the suspects backing the camera
Seized used tyres

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