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Nigeria: NDLEA intercepts 12,385kg of Cannabis smuggled into Lagos on waterways from ‘unnamed’ West African nation

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend seized 12,385 kilogrammes of Cannabis imported from an unnamed neighbouring country and smuggled into Lagos through the waterways.

Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday that the illicit drug was the strong variant known as Loud.

Babafemi said the agency got credible intelligence that the illicit substance were brought in from a West African country through the ocean and ferried with boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island from where they would be distributed to drug hotspots such as Island, Peti Alagba and other places across Lagos and other states,.

He said over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, November 27, 2021, recovered the consignments along with two long trucks, a Toyota Sienna bus and arrested three suspects.

Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24; Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27, he said.

Babafemi also said a 70-year-old woman, Mrs. Beatrice Aigbedion, was among suspects arrested in parts of Edo in connection with the seizure of over 5,000 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs across the state.

He said after days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 24th November stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, where they recovered 4,261.5kg of cannabis sativa and a suspect, Ikong Stanley, was arrested.

He added that the previous day Tuesday 23rd November, 1,240kg was equally seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, Owan West LGA of the State.

Copyright: The Nation

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