The Nigeria government through its agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted, confiscated and seized cocaine and heroin worth 225 trillion from smugglers.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), made this disclosure through its Chairman, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah that the law enforcement agency has seized over 15,064kg of cocaine and heroin worth 225 trillion naira at the Tin-Can and Apapa Ports.
That the said cocaine and heroin drugs smugglers barons often target the Tin-Can and Apapa, Lagos ports for illicit drug trafficking activities, but the law enforcement agency, NDLEA will resist their crafting, fraudulent, illegal scheming activities.
The seized cocaine and heroin specification as described as 14,813.40kg of cocaine and 251.22kg of heroin.
Others include 14.2 metric tons of cocaine imported from Chile and intercepted in June 2006 at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos. The drug, which was concealed in a shipment of white cement was rated the single largest seizure of cocaine in Africa and fifth largest in the world.
Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah further said as follows, “The seaports are high risk drug trafficking locations because of the movement of large volume of consignments. Official record of drug seizures at the ports underscores the volatility of the ports in drug trafficking. Since 2006, the Agency has seized over 15,064kg of cocaine and heroin at the Lagos ports.
“The country cannot afford to condone this criminal trade because such huge proceeds in the hands of drugs cartels is threatening. We shall continue to screen incoming and outgoing vessels, thereby making the ports impregnable to drug trafficking organisations.”
That the presence of the several law enforcement agencies and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Tin-Can and Apapa, Lagos ports is of great and immense socio-economic, and security benefit to the Nigeria nation and that the NDLEA and other law enforcement agencies will maintain alertness and frustrate and clampdown on any drug smugglers/barons activity targeted at frustrating and disrupting law enforcement agency and the NDLEA operations at the Tin-Can and Apapa, Lagos seaports.
Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah urges good citizens to report any suspicious drug smuggler and barons to the law enforcement agency and further stated that citizens should collaborate and support the NDLEA in ensuring zero tolerance for illicit drug trafficking at the Tin-Can and Apapa, Lagos ports.