Few weeks after the Nigeria Customs
Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘C’, Owerri seized 906 cartons of fake drugs, the Command has again intercepted 625 cartons of fake and unregistered drugs brought illegally into the area by smugglers.The Command also arrested 42 suspects in connection with the items.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Unit, Comptroller Haruna Mammudu, disclosed this, stressing that the recent trend on interception of fake drugs and numerous prohibited goods were made possible through the collaboration of his unit with other government security agencies operating in the hinterland.
According to him: “The offensive items were concealed in different vehicles with other general goods by smugglers in a bid to escape security checks, but the operational efficiency of our men paid off, as they were all arrested.
“Our officers are strategically positioned in specific areas of the Unit to ensure that contra-band items coming from the border stations do not have access to the local markets in the Unit. We are at a alert every moment. For instance, the number of cases we have in court now have rapidly increased from 18 to 25, and we will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute smugglers.” Todayng