The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted 21 contraband drugs valued at over N5 billion.
The National Public Relations Officer of NCS, Assist. Comptroller Joseph Attah, disclosed this when he conducted newsmen round a warehouse where trucks of the intercepted items were parked at the Ikeja Training College of the service in Lagos on Friday.
Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs Strike Force in Zone ‘A’ intercepted the haul.
According to him, the smugglers believe that festive period is a time of merriment and less vigilance, “but our officers intercepted the illicit drugs as the smugglers attempted to move it from Lagos to other parts of the country’’.
“On August 13, around 2:00 a.m., operatives of the Headquarters Strike Force Zone A intercepted a truck laden with dreaded codeine, tramadol and other controlled pain killers along Maryland, Ikeja road.
“The intercepted trailer contains illicit drugs and was immediately brought to the attention of the team leader of the force, Assist. Comptroller of Customs Usman Yahya, who deepened preliminary investigation that led to the discovery of a warehouse along Oshodi-Mile 2 road.