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Drug smugglers target Nigeria, other nations

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

158 narcotics, 98,734 kg of cocaine seized in a joint mission.

Activities of organized crime syndicates are now growing at an alarming rate as they now target commercial vessels to facilitate the global trafficking of illegal drugs. A recent report released by Dryad Global, a maritime security firm, titled: ‘Counter Narcotics Drug Smuggling in Commercial Shipping,’ found that Nigeria and 21 other countries are regions with elevated risks for the operations of the crime syndicates, making vessels operating out of the countries more vulnerable to narcotics smuggling.

In a coordinated operation involving customs, police, and other agencies from 58 nations around the world, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) cracked down on organized crime and suspected insiders abusing the container supply chain. 158 narcotics seizures, including 98,734 kilograms of cocaine and 314 kilograms of cannabis herbals, were recovered during the operation carried out in November–December 2022. The agencies said organized crime organizations use legitimate shipments to move drugs worldwide.

NCS recently wiped out 96 containers containing illegal.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reported seizing about 100 million tramadol pills in 22 months in December 2018. It also seized nearly 5.5 million kilograms of illegal drugs. The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recently wiped out 96 containers containing illegal and stale drugs that had entered the country through its seaports and land borders. As the global demand for drugs rises, the commercial shipping industry has been plagued by drug smuggling operations.

Dryad Global reports stated that manufacturers of illegal drugs are increasingly employing stylish trafficking strategies, such as using commercial ships and their crews as a means of moving their product through a series of intermediate ports. Vessels can be targeted in areas of Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia that are not necessarily connected to the production of drugs due to the globalized nature of drug smuggling activities. In most countries, drugs are smuggled by being hidden amongst legal goods being transported, with the help of crew and port workers.

Partial limitations on external persons’ aboard the vessel is suggested.

According to the report, cargo containers are marked as checked with counterfeit official seals while drug traffickers pose as port officials and stevedores to carry them on board. They hide the drugs in the ship’s engine rooms, a secure area that is rarely inspected. The security firm recommended keeping detailed logs on all port officials, health care workers, law enforcement officers, stevedores, and the areas they visited before docking. The company suggested making plans for vessel searches before departing port and reviewing them before embarking and after cargo activities had been completed.

Furthermore, Dryad Global emphasized the importance of limiting access to the vessel to only those who are absolutely necessary, as well as requiring all crew members to be on high alert and use extreme caution whenever the ship is in port. The company also recommended enforcing partial limitations on external persons’ movement aboard the vessel and prohibiting access to the ship’s engine rooms, holds, stores, and other vulnerable places. All outsiders must register their information and documents in a pre-arranged log book at the sole point of entry/exit, which is checked by the crew before boarding, it added.

Underwater inspections of the ship’s hull and rudder should be done.

A crew member or watchman should be on duty whenever passengers or stevedores are on board to keep an eye on the goings-on and report anything out of the ordinary to the captain. Especially late at night and in the dark, watchmen need to keep an eye out for any vessels, large or small, that may be approaching the docked ship. Ultimately, it suggested underwater inspections of the ship’s hull and rudder, two common points of entry for contraband, would reveal any such alterations.


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AN-Toni
AN-Toni
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5 months ago

Drug smugglers target Nigeria, other nations.158 narcotics, 98,734 kg of cocaine seized in a joint mission.Express your point of view. 

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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5 months ago

Drug smuggling is a major problem not just in Nigeria, but in many other nations around the world.The fact that so many drugs were seized in a single operation is a clear indication of how active drug smugglers are in this region. However, public awareness campaigns should be launched to educate individuals on the dangers of drugs and the need to stop the demand for them. This is a multi-faceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach if it is to be effectively tackled.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
5 months ago

There are still some drug smugglers in Nigeria. This is why those abroad will target Nigeria. Also, a lot of smugglers smuggle drugs from Nigeria to abroad, and they really need to be clamped down.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
5 months ago

The issue of drug smuggling in Nigeria and some other parts countries is a problem for us. The agency or organisation should try to create an awareness on the bad effects of the drug and the smugglers should be dealt with when being caught.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
5 months ago

Drug smuggling should not be allow our agency need to tighting up their security to be able to stop drug been smuggle inside the country , issue of drug smuggling as been issue for all country but we must put end to it

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
5 months ago

We have a problem with the smuggling of drugs in Nigeria and other nations. The organization or agency should work to raise awareness of the negative consequences of the substance and should punish harshly with any people caught in the illegal act of drug

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
5 months ago

Drug smuggling should not be tolerated, and our agencies’ security must be tightened in order to prevent the importation of illegal drugs into the nation. This problem affects many countries, but stopping illegal drug is important and need attention to it strict punishment should be attach to it

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
5 months ago

Nigeria will be the target of drug smugglers because of our porous border and weak check point. The federal government should task our immigration, customs office and other agency in combating these drugs peddlers and completely curbing their activity in the country also ensuring that bad eggs among the government officials are smoked out.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
5 months ago

The activities of the drug smugglers is on the increase in Nigeria because of our weak borders and our compromising government officials. Federal Government should task the immigration, custom officers and every other agency involve in combating these nefarious act these smugglers peddlers.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
5 months ago

Drug smugglers target Nigeria, other nations. Many people are so much addicted to drugs. Drug has really destroy so many people in the world. We need create serious awareness about the dangers and the damage it has caused to so many people. If possible those people that are suffering from one disease or sickness cause by drugs should be show the public may be through television stations. That will create fear to some people who are planning to start taking drugs