Customs To Sign Mou With India, Turkey To Halt Illicit Drugs

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Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is making moves to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with customs administration of China, India, Turkey among others in other to reduced importation of illicit drugs through Nigerian seaports.

The Comptroller General of NCS, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi while displaying a landmark seizure of Cannabis Indica and other unregistered pharmaceuticals worth N4.1 billion at the Tin Can Island Port on added that the service had already signed an MoU with China on exchange of data to curtail illicit importations.

Adeniyi said the service is on the verge of replicating same MoU with India and Turkey, following the required approval from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He said “We believe that partnership works in curtailing the tide of smuggling.

Last month, I was in China and I had the privilege of meeting with the Vice President of the Chinese customs administration and this meeting culminated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “This MoU gives us a platform and an opportunity to collaborate in exchange of data in investigation.

So, if any seizure is linked to China for example, we would give them all the information about the shipment and they will give us information about the exporters, sales and so on.”

New Telegraph

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