The Nigerian Navy has seized more than 300 bags of foreign parboiled rice and 40 wraps of cannabis sativa weighing 21 kilograms.
Reports say the goods were intercepted on the Badagr- Portonovo waterway.
The Commanding Officer, Forward Operation Base, Badagry, Navy Captain James Otache, said the perpetrators fled when they saw the Naval patrol team, who subsequently handed over the seized consignments to the appropriate prosecutory authorities.
Navy-Captain Otache vowed that the patrol team would not relent in its security operations, particularly in the border town of Badagry.
Applauding the Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Awwal Gambo, for providing the operations with “much-needed support”, Otache issued a terse warning to “perpetrators of nefarious activities”: to “reconsider or face the wrath of the law”.
Arresting drug barons
Abdul Mayaki, Chief Superintendent of Narcotics of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), also pledged that the agency would stop at nothing in arresting drug barons.
Mr Mayaki commended the inter-agency synergy between the Navy, Customs, Army and the NDLEA.
Representative of the Nigerian Customs Service, Deputy Comptroller in charge of enforcement, Sunday Enogela, said the service was determined to reduce illegal importation of agricultural produce, including rice .
Reporting by Mary Fatile; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor