Customs Seizes Drugs Fueling Mental Health Crisis Among Nigerian Youths 


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin-Can Island command has announced the interception of 2,144 packets of Cannabis indica worth N3.2billion imported into the country from Canada.

Cannabis Indica also known as Canadian loud is attributed to the cause of mental health issues, addiction, and social problems among Nigerian youths.

However, speaking to journalists, the Comptroller General of NCS, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, said aside from cannabis indica, the command also Intercepted Codeine syrup, tramadol and other contraband from India, worth N964.3m.

To this end, the total value of all the seized drugs worth a whooping N4.16billion.

Adeniyi, said seizure of the drugs was an evidence that the service remained vigilant to his responsibility of intercepting and disrupting the activities of those who seek to harm the nation through harmful Importation.

“The service is here to provide an update on yet another seizure of two containers of unwholesome importations comprising of 01x40ft container of regulated unregistered pharmaceutical products and another 01x40ft container of illicit psychotropic substances seized by Tincan Command of the Service.

“Details of the seized the containers are  three plastic drums concealing several packets of Cannabis Indica which are 46 bags containing 2,144 packets of Cannabis Indica all weighing 1,072kilogrammes (kg) seized from 01x40ft Container No. GAOU 669921/5 imported from Canada.

” The approximate street value of the illicit substances is N3.21billion. Also, 877 cartons of Barcadin cough syrup with codeine- 200 bottles of 100ml per carton and 82 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac Sodium 50mg tablets – 600 packs per carton imported from India was seized.

“The approximate street value of the cough syrup is N964.3million. This operation highlights a troubling trend and the evolving tactics of criminality and insecurity in our country.

“However, it is also evident of the NCS resolve to remain vigilant and showcase our ability to intercept and disrupt the activities of those who seek to harm our nation. The NCS will continue to work closely with relevant national and international agencies to conduct operations that lead to the interception of illegal goods and the disruption of criminal networks.”

The Customs helmsman, however, revealed that investigations are currently ongoing to arrest the importers of the illicit drugs into the country.

Adeniyi also stated that the seizure would also serve as a warning to those who engage in illicit activities that the service remain vigilant and dedicated to protecting the society.

“We urge all patriotic Nigerians to continue their legitimate business activities, assured that the NCS is actively working with stakeholders to ease the challenges faced by businesses and the general public.

” I will conclude, that the recent seizures of unregistered drugs highlighted and revealed the persistent challenges posed by sophisticated smuggling networks. Investigations are currently ongoing, and perpetuators will be made to serve the full wrath of the law.

“Let this seizure serve as a warning to those who engage in illicit activities that the NCS remains vigilant and dedicated to protecting our society. NCS is more than ever committed to ensuring that the benefits of a stable and prosperous economy are enjoyed by all Nigerians,” he stated.

The Customs boss said the use of the drugs aside from its health complications on Nigerians also contributes to the rise in criminal activities in the country.

“The misuse and abuse of drugs, particularly Cannabis Indica and codeine,pose severe dangers to our society. Codeine, a restricted drug in Nigeria, has been widely abused, leading to devastating effects on our youth.

“This substance not only impairs the health and well-being of individuals but also contributes to the rise in criminal activities. Cannabis Indica, similarly, has become a significant concern, with its abuse leading to mental health issues, addiction, and social problems. Unchecked activities involving restricted items serve multiple purposes for criminal elements.

” These drugs, for instance, are used as stimulants by criminals, further fuelling societal unrest and instability. Additionally,the proceeds from the illicit drug trade are often used to finance disruptions by non-state actors, posing a significant threat to our national security and economic stability,” he ended.

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