Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, the acting comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has shown off two people who were arrested in connection with the seizure of 2,940 parcels of weeds thought to be Indian Hemp that were in transit along the Sokoto-Ijoun highway in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Adeniyi said that the drugs were “cleverly hidden” with a pile of pineapples in a white Fiat bus with the plate number 2FA23000006141966 that was stopped early on Monday morning.
Leadership learned that the substance, which was smuggled from the Republic of Benin, was on its way to the Ogere Remo trailer park in Ogun State. From there, it was supposed to be sent to the Northern part of the country via state highway corridors. However, at 3:15 a.m., around the Sokoto-Ijoun road, it was caught by Customs’ FOU agents on a routine patrol.
Adeniyi said that Mr. Akeem Olatunde, a driver, and Mr. Abdul Nurudeen Adedeji, a passenger, were the two people who were arrested in Ogun. They have been taken into prison while more research is done.
The Acting C.G. of Customs was in the state on Monday for his first official visit to NCS Command 2. Earlier that day, he met with stakeholders, including members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). He told them that the Service was ready to create the right environment for investors and their businesses to do well in Nigeria.
Noting that Customs can only get more money if owners’ businesses do well, Adeniyi said that the Western Marine Command of the Service had stopped 11,539kg of Indian hemp worth N650 million five days earlier.
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