The Nigeria Customs Service (Strike Force Team A) has intercepted 5,124kg of cannabis, along the coast of Lekki, Lagos. But customs lamented unknown government agencies prevented from seizing several trucks conveying the hard drugs.
The customs comptroller in charge of the team, Sani Yusuf, announced this on Wednesday during a media briefing.
Mr. Yusuf said the drugs, with an estimated duty-paid value of N516 million, was intercepted recently.
“On getting there, we saw several persons loading the contraband from the ship directly into the truck in spite of the sea waves. Immediately our officers got there, they discovered that they had already loaded the first truck, they were loading the second and third trucks when we got there, and there was pandemonium,” said the customs official.
The comptroller explained that “arriving at the scene, we saw some other agencies, we don’t know who they were. But after heated arguments, we were able to take the truck down to our office, and the people who were loading the consignment ran away.”
He added, “So, when we came, while they were arguing we decided it was better to take the one we were seeing and also for the safety of our officers. So, one of the officers drove the truck.”