NDLEA plans to float marine unit


…as Customs intercept N1.069bn cannabis sativa

Worried by the huge seizures of cannabis sativa in the last two years, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has resolved to establish a marine unit in order to curb the influx of illicit drugs from neighbouring countries through Lagos waterways.

Its Area Commander at Seme, Sir Udotong Essien, dropped the hint during the handover of 52 bags of cannabis from the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He noted that some officials of the agency were currently being trained on marine technicalities to further assist marine police, Customs, Nigerian Navy and other security agents on Nigerian waters.

Essien said that a commander had been appointed to head the marine unit, noting that the unit would be saddled with the responsibility of patrolling the waterways on 24 hours basis.

Meanwhile, the Controller, Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Umar Yusuf, said in Lagos that his command had handed over N1.069 billion cannabis sativa to NDLEA in two years.

He said that smugglers had used Lagos water channels to smuggle 225 jumbo bags of cannabis sativa from neighbouring countries to Nigeria within the period.

He noted that the latest seizures were 52 jumbo bags of the contraband weighing 839kilogrammes and valued at N411.6 million along Ojo- Alaba waterways.

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