Nigeria Customs Service [NCS], Seme border area command, has intercepted 1,682 parcels of cannabis sativa [Indian hemp] worth over N25,290,000 which were concealed in a dead body.
The Customs Area Controller [CAC] of the command, Comptroller Mohammed Garba, revealed this at a press briefing yesterday in Lagos.
Garba also said that the banned substance was smuggled into Nigeria through the border.
Garba said, a vehicle carrying the corpse was stopped on the Owode-Ape Road by Customs intelligent officers, who suspected that something was hidden on the dead body.
He also said, “After cross-checking, it was discovered by the officers that 55 wraps of cannabis sativa were hidden under the coffin carrying the corpse.
“The two people inside the vehicle were arrested immediately but we allowed them to take away the corpse for burial.
“Also 1,582 wraps of this item were concealed in a Mitsubishi Canter branded in Indomie noodles insignia also intercepted by our officers
“There are other 45 wraps of cannabis also intercepted indiscriminately on checking points which resulted in the total of 1,682 wraps of cannabis intercepted.
The comptroller said that the Mitsubishi Canter was coming from Ghana when it was stopped, adding that six people were arrested with it, “The eight people arrested by our staff will be prosecuted.” he also said.