Science students are at it again, but this time, officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) beat them in their antics. 

Attempts to smuggle in 320 kilograms of Indian hemp into Sokoto State was stopped by the Sokoto State Command of the NCS.

Addressing newsmen on Saturday in Sokoto, its Comptroller, Mr Gimba? Umar, said the Indian hemp were wrapped in paw-paw shape of one kilogram each and was being conveyed in a Volkswagen Golf car. 

According to him, no suspect was arrested in connection with the? offence, as the suspects fled and abandoned the vehicle in an uncompleted ?building. 

He commended the Police for their support which facilitated successful? seizure of the illicit substances, stressing that when the ?suspects approached Customs check point, they quickly turned back which ?arouse suspicion. 

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Other items also seized by customs officials were 517 bags of foreign rice, 34 bags of Sugar and 45 bales of? fairly used clothes all intercepted at various routes in Sokoto and Kebbi states in the last two weeks.

Umar said the items had total duty paid value of 14.9 million Naira.

The comptroller said other areas where the items were intercepted ?included Argungu-Kangiwa, Illela, Sokoto-Gusau, Kamba and Dole Kaina?axis.

Umar assured Nigerians that the command would not relent in its efforts to ensure? that no person or group of persons sabotaged efforts of the NCS to check illicit drug movement and? the growth of the nation’s economy.

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Receiving the Indian hemp, an NDLEA official, Mr Almustapha Aliyu, ?said the illicit substances were suspected to be imported from Benin? Republic and Ghana.

Aliyu said the substances were the special brand called?“Skunk’’. 

He, however, promised that the substances would be subjected to laboratory tests and measured at NDLEA office.

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