Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Department of State Service (DSS) have intercepted and seized Captagon Pills, a hard drug concealed inside cylinder of an imported machine at the Apapa Port.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Abubakar Usman, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
The spokesman disclosed that the discovery, which took about a week, was done by joint efforts of operatives of the three services.
According to him, the job was supported by intelligence and painstaking dismantling of the machine by the service personnel and sniffer dogs.
Security sources at the Port described the seizure as outcome of renewed synergy and cooperation aimed at curbing any form of port related lawlessness.
Controller, Apapa Command, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf, Commander of NDLEA in Apapa, Mr Samuel Bashir Gadzama, and Officer in charge of the DSS at the port were said to be at fore of the week-long operation.
“Further dismantling of cylinders in machine is ongoing. The operation which involved heads of the three services will be sustained in the fight against all forms of smuggling and infractions.
“One suspect in connection with the seizure was arrested while further examination and counting are ongoing before more details will be unveiled,” the statement read in part.
The long-term use of the drug leads to remarkable side effects. The most common of them are extreme depression, lethargy, sleep deprivation (insomnia), occasional palpitation, heart and blood vessel toxicity and malnutrition.
It has been linked as one of the most notorious stimulants being taken by insurgents is the ISIS battle and other Middle East unrest.