Customs Intercepts 259kg of Indian Hemp in Oyo State

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On September 6, 2023, officers from the Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service successfully intercepted a substantial haul of 259 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as Indian Hemp. This illicit substance was discovered concealed within 12 sacks and 195 compressed wraps during a routine patrol operation.

Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba, the Customs Area Controller of the Oyo/Osun Area Command, made this announcement during a press briefing held at the command’s premises. The interception and seizure of this prohibited and smuggled item align with the policies set forth by the Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.

The Oyo/Osun Area Controller emphasized that such operations aim not only to suppress smuggling but also to strengthen the ongoing collaboration between the Nigeria Customs Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). He expressed the commitment of the Customs Service to facilitate lawful trade, collect government revenue, and ensure national security.

Jaiyeoba stated, “We would like to use this opportunity to assure members of the general public that Officers and Men of the Command would continue to conduct our duties professionally and leave no stone unturned to ensure that our Area of Responsibility is free from activities of unscrupulous elements, with the aim of making our great country (Nigeria) safe for all citizens.”

Furthermore, he expressed gratitude to sister security agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders, the government, and the people of Oyo and Osun states for their cooperation in creating an environment conducive to the effective execution of the Customs officers’ statutory duties.

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