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N2.6bn Worth Of Indian Hemp Seized At Tincan Island In Eight Months

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s (NDLEA) TinCan Special Area Command has reported the confiscation of 799.95kg of cannabis valued at N2.66 billion.

Mohammed Abubakar, the area commander ar Tincan, said the illicit drugs were seized between January and August.

He added that the command also recovered 24kg of cocaine from a bulk cargo vessel, Cooper Island, during the period.

Abubakar said the banned substance is mostly imported from Canada and the United States to the country with the help of some collaborators.

“The arrests and prosecution of many importers and their collaborators (agents) by NDLEA Tincan command is a testament that we operate in a highly non-compliant environment,” he said.

“We remain committed to upholding the highest standards of professional integrity and will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action against those spreading false allegations.

“We urge anyone with legitimate concerns or suggestions for improvement to come forward with credible evidence through the appropriate channels.

“Constructive dialogue and cooperation are key to enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of our operations, and we welcome any opportunity to address concerns genuinely and transparently.”

Abubakar said the agency is committed to promoting transparency, facilitating legitimate trade, and maintaining the integrity of the supply chain in the country.

He said the real impediment to the ease of doing business at the port is the non-compliance and false declaration of cargo and concealments by importers and traders, aided by agents.