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WESTERN MARINE COMMAND: COMPTROLLER OLU PETERS’ STRATEGIES AGAINST SMUGGLERS OF ILLICIT DRUGS

By Ambrose Okehi

The coming of Comptroller Olu Peters to the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), one of the Marine commands in the country is a good omen. It is also a coming the brings blessing to the command and the entire Nigeria Customs Service.
That is to say that the coming of this hard working comptroller (Comptroller Olu Peters) to the command is seen as a round peg in a round hole. It was also seen as a good development.
The few months that this anti-smuggling wizard and no-nonsense officer (Comptroller Olu Peters) has spent at the command are fruitful ones.
Within this short period too, smugglers operating within the Western Marine zone, particularly Lagos have seen hell in his hand. To these die-hard smugglers, it no more business as usual. Things are now difficult for them. The fear if Olu Peters is Tue beginning if wisdom.
This thorough bred and ever committed comptroller has maintained that there is no go area the smugglers and the nefarious activities within the Western axis.
His recent onslaught last month, June was a typical example of what the comptroller has come to do Western Marine command. At a single operation, the comptroller and team made an impressive impact that will continue to remind these evil me of the MAN OLU PETERS.That single operation saw the Western Marine command patrol team making the biggest  seizure ever in the history of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana).
The Olugboyega Peters patrol team are relentless in the discharge of mandate as the command vowed that there will be no rest for the smugglers because the Holy Book notes that there is no rest for the wicked.
The command is committed the vision and three points agenda of the Col. Hameed Ali led Customs Management which include revenue generation, restructuring of and trade facilitation. And the command doing everything within its power to achieve its mandate which is policing the waterways within their area of operations.
Speaking recently when the command displayed a seizure the command made on the month of April, 2020.According to the command’s CAC, “The seizure of this Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) was made on the April 21,2020. It is classifiable in Schedule 2, Section 2 (Vegetable Products) of page 34 of ECOWAS COMMON EXTERNAL TARIFF (CET) HS CODE 06029000 of 5%Duty and 7.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) cleared as illegal by the Federal Government of Nigeria and smuggled into the country”
The seizure of the Cannabis was said to have been made at Agala Beach, an exit point from the high sea on that very deadly April 21 at hours of 1200 hours. 
The item was said to be the highest seizure of such illicit drug by any command since the history of service has Duty Paid Value of One Billion, Two Million and Fifty Thousand Naira (N1,002,050,000.00) only.
“This unprecedented seizure of Cannabis Sativa A’ A’A’A’ type of the highest quality, as research says it happens to be the biggest catch of a single-item of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) ever seized in the history of the NCS. This could only be achieved by combined efforts of determined officers and men of the command in applying the strategic plan of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.) and  his able management team,” Comptroller Peters told the gathering audience during the destruction of the seized items at Badagry recently.
On how his men and officers were able to achieve that feat, Olu Peters said: “It was based on credible intelligence. The smugglers in sighting our officers abandoned their consignment and jumped into the water. A terrain they so much know. Because of the quality of the item, our men (patrol officers) had to hire boats from fishermen who were fishing nearby. They were ten in number who arrived our based in Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos”.
The story of Olu Peters is likened to a workman who knows his work very well. He does not quarrel with his tool. Comptroller Peters is well trained in the field of anti-smuggling and he knows it very well too and because of this, he has been a thorn in the flesh of smugglers operating within his jurisdiction.
To these smugglers, the coming of the hardworking officer (Olu Peters) to Western Marine command is a nightmare to them and their business.
He did not want to take the glory alone because he that with collaboration of other agencies of the government.
Hear him: “I thank all the sister Agencies that have always stood by us when we need them and  I thank the Royal Highnesses present. I appreciate the media who have been reporting this Cannabis Sativa since the day of seizure and to this day of destruction,” the CAC told the audience during the destruction of the illicit drug at Badagry.
The destruction exercise fell in line with International Day  Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which made the command marked that day as a special day alongside a sister agency, the NDLEA.
Lamenting on the effects of drug abuse to individual lives and the society, the CAC said the UN Office On Drug and Crime, UNODC over the years is  involved in launching campaign Ti mobilize support for drug control. It encourages people to take part in this campaign.
Looking at legal backing, the CAC noted that three are legislations backing it.”1. Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) of 1935.2. Indian Hemp Act (IHA) of 19663. Indian Hemp Act (IHA) of 1975.4. Indian Hemp Decree (IHD) of 1984. and 5. NDLEA Decree 48 of 1989 as amended and now Cap. No. 30 Law of Federation of Nigeria 2004″.
Comptroller Olu Peters is resting in his oasis but has not withstanding his giant impact he is making, vowed to deal with the smugglers if the refuse to turn new leaves.ReplyForward