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Illicit goods flood Lagos despite security

Illicit goods flood Lagos despite security
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Cases of smuggling illicit drugs and weapons through the airport, on the rise.

The increased security breach within Lagos’ airport cargo terminals have raised immense concerns. Murtala Mohammed Airport terminal, in spite of the close monitoring and tightened investigation to enhance the security system around the airport remains a veritable path for the smuggling of illicit drugs and weapons. Airport insiders and officials have commended the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) for their immense efforts at containing the spate of importing illicit drugs. They however insisted on the existence of this menace, noting that illicit goods and weapons still have a free pass through the terminal.

According to a statement by the Nigerian Custom Service on Tuesday, it revealed that it had intercepted military hardwares and illicit drugs which includes 162 cartons of banned Tramadol hydrochloride 225 & 250mg at a cargo section of the Murtala Mohammed Airport. Compt. Sambo Dangaladima, the Custom Area Controller of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Command further disclosed that these items were intercepted at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO). Breaking down the items, he explained that 309 pieces of military helmet, 106 pieces of military armless jackets, 352 pieces of ballistic armored pads and another 119 pieces of police badges were found. Other contraband items included bulletproof jackets, body side ballistic pads and ballistic chest plates.

Agency for customs is fully in charge of investigating cargo in transport.

Speaking to the Managing Director of SAHCO, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, he applauded the efforts of the Customs and NDLEA agents, stating that they were in full control of examining the cargos leaving or arriving in the country via their facility. He added that the company had its own security system where officials report directly to the federal government agencies upon any incident or suspicion. He noted that the custom agency was fully in charge of the cargo, carrying the NDLEA along and thus, SAHCO should not be held responsible for any glitch in the security situation. As such, he exonerated SAHCO and the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, two of the biggest handling companies in the country.

Further backing up his claim, Mr. Basil stated that there were CCTV cameras and scanners within the company’s premises for monitoring all activities within the premises. He pointed out that it was the agency’s duty to arrest anyone suspected to have indulged in illicit deals, as the company has no right to open anyone’s cargo. He said that the company can thus efficiently relate with the officials of these agencies. He indicated that while it was within the responsibilities of the NDLEA and NCS agencies to inspect the goods, the company’s duty was just to provide means for facilitating the movement of these goods.

Handling companies deserve credits for putting things in place.

The Managing Director also noted that these agencies were stationed within the premises of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) with SAHCO and NAHCO, merely gateways for goods within the aviation industry. He noted that the federal government’s agency ensure that banned goods are not imported into the country. He said that while the company’s security officials had no right to search cargos, it was the duty of the federal government’s agencies to track, identify and investigate these crimes, while cooperating with the handling companies. Mr. Basil further stated that the agencies were also efficient with their tasks even though the public sometimes turn deaf ears to their exploits.

He continued by noting that the fact that arrests are not always made does not mean that procedures do not take place. By cooperating with the agencies to ensure that no one hides anything, Mr. Basil pointed out that handling companies also deserve credits for putting things in place. He revealed that the custom officers use scanners to inspect the cargos for ascertaining the revenue that goes to the government and upon noticing any illicit goods, they are handed to the NDLEA.

Custom agencies should be held responsible for any imported illicit good.

A senior officer in NAHCO also indicated that the custom agencies should be held responsible for any discovered illicit good imported into the country because the agency was fully in charge of containing this as well as the handling companies and facilitators. He also stated that FASN had no control over territorial borders. Sources at the terminal stated that importers of these illicit drugs would have halted using the airport route, if these drugs were not finding their way out of the airport.


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5 days ago

Illicit goods flood Lagos despite securityCases of smuggling illicit drugs and weapons through the airport, on the rise. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
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4 days ago

Despite our security consciousness, illicit drugs still find their ways into our country. Our security personnel are not doing enough. Although NDLEA is trying, we still need to do more to contain illicit drugs.

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4 days ago

The rising number of security breaches that have occurred within the airport cargo terminals in Lagos have caused enormous concerns.

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4 days ago

Cases of smuggling illicit goods is almost inevitable. The security agencies just need to keep up the good work and do more.

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4 days ago

We owe it to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) to express our gratitude for the tremendous efforts they have put in to stemming the flow of illegal narcotics entering the country.

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8
4 days ago

despite the fact that there is close surveillance and increased investigation to reinforce the security system around the airport, the area around the airport continues to be a veritable pathway for the smuggling of illegal narcotics and weapons.

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8
4 days ago

The area around the airport continues to be a compelling conduit for the transportation of illegal drugs and weapons despite heightened investigation and tight observation to strengthen the security system there. Therefore, security personnel must be proficient.

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8
4 days ago

Even now, illegal products and weapons are able to move through the terminal without being stopped, which is something that should be prohibited.

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8
4 days ago

Because the customs agency was totally in charge of the shipment while also coordinating with the NDLEA, the SAHCO should not be held liable for any breach in the level of security that may have occurred.

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8
4 days ago

It was the responsibility of NCS agencies to inspect the products; the role of the corporation was just to give the means to make the transportation of these goods easier.

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8
4 days ago

Those responsible for the importation of these illegal narcotics would have stopped using the airport route if these drugs were unable to make their way out of the airport.

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8
4 days ago

It is unacceptable that illegal goods and weapons can still pass through the terminal unchecked.

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8
4 days ago

Illicit drug is still able to get through into out country despite our security it show our security is not doing well we need to improve it and every agent should work hand to hand to solve it and prevent illicit drug getting into f country

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8
4 days ago

The corporation’s role was limited to providing the means to facilitate the shipment of these goods to the appropriate NCS agency for inspection.

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9
4 days ago

Illicit goods flood Lagos despite security. Nigeria security, they are not ready yet. Even nigeria is not ready yet. We need good government to fix the issue of security

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8
4 days ago

The illicit goods flood Lagos despite security is a sure prove that there are some unscrupulous element in the Customs agencies who have compromise and have given way for such to have access into the country. Thanks to the NDLEA for their efforts in investigation and discoveries.

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4 days ago

The area around the airport continues to be a veritable conduit for the transportation of illegal drugs and weapons despite heightened investigation and tight observation to strengthen the security system there.

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4 days ago

The fact that there is close surveillance and increased investigation to reinforce the security system around the airport yet this stuffs still happening shows incompetency of our security personnel, they are not doing enough.
The SP’s need to double their efforts and have the backings of the govt
against insecurity.

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4 days ago

The NDLEA has been very active in tracking down lots of illicit transactions and drugs. If Customs are effective in there duty post non of this illicit goods would have flooded Nigeria.

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9
4 days ago

There is no how to totally curb illicit goods in Lagos because it is cause through many factors that if properly manage it can be reduced or totally eradicated but because of the corruption all factors were not manage as it should be.

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