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Customs Intercepts Illicit Drugs Worth N5m In Sokoto



The Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi Area Command said yesterday that it has intercepted illicit drug suspected to be Tramadol worth N5 million along the Sokoto/ Niger Republic land border. Making this known in his office, the Area Comptroller, Ahmed Nasir said his men are fully on ground in all the landed borders within the three states to ensure that no such trans-border illegality succeeds. According to him, his vigilant men intercepted the suspected illicit drug along Illela road in Sokoto State.

Illela is a local government area in Sokoto State where most of the villages does not only share common boundary with Niger Republic but also have common infinity through culture, religion and marriage thereby making it easy for smuggling activities. The Custom’s Comptroller said the drugs was coming from Niger Republic when his men on patrol got intelligence reports and intercepted the vehicle conveying the drugs. He further revealed that drugs are not supposed to come via land borders but only through ApapaSea Port in Lagos.

Itemizing the drugs, Ahmed Said,  the drugs are about 465 pads and each pad contains 10 sachets and each sachet cost N1000. He blamed most clashes in Nigeria on drug abuse, saying no sane person will take up arms to kill or maim his neighbour except under the influence of some substance. “Look at what happened at Zamfara, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa,it is happening there today, tomorrow it can be somewhere else,” he said.





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