NDLEA nabs 15 foreigners, seizes 187,791kg drugs in Lagos

THE Special Area Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Apapa, Lagos, says it has arrested 15 persons, including Nigerians and other foreigners in the last six months with 187,791 kilogrammes of assorted drugs.

Some of the arrests and seizures were reportedly made in terminals around the Apapa area of Lagos.

This was disclosed by the Commander, NDLEA Special Area Command, Ameh Inalegwu, on the occasion of Terminal Owners/Operators engagement, in its War Against Drug Abuse, WADA campaign, held at the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA multipurpose hall, Apapa.

A breakdown of the arrest showed that three suspects: Chinedu Agbougwu, Chukwuemeka Kingsley and Romanus Onah, were found in possession of 74.119kilohgrammes of Amphetamine, concealed in Rotors machine, last September.

October 2021, 14 persons were nabbed with 32.9kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in granulated sugar, inside a vessel. Also in November 2021, three expatriates: Fidel Gerapusco, Antolin Ortiz, Edgal Bechayda and 25 others, were arrested with 13.65kg of cocaine in granulated sugar, inside another vessel.

There were four different seizures of assorted drugs in the month of February 2021 alone. Statistics showed that on February 2, 2022, Cold Caps weighing 4,352.43 kilogrammes with codeine-based drugs weighing 14,080.00 kilogrammes and cough syrup with codeine weighing 8,080 litres were seized by the Special Area   Command.

On February 8, 2021, three seizures were made the same day. They included 2,493 cartoons of cough syrup with codeine and 383 cartoons of Barcadin with codeine.

Inalegwu explained that the stakeholder’s meeting became necessary, owing to the fact that some of the arrests and seizures were made at different terminals under the command’s watch.

He said, “It is more alarming that some of the arrests and seizures were done at your Terminals. The most unfortunate and frustrating thing is the claim of not knowing the importers or the owners of these containers. It is our hope that this

forum will critically look at the issue of know-your-customer (KYC).

“This engagement is in the realization of the fact that the Agency cannot win this war alone. This event is therefore aimed at the mobilization of strategic partnership for a coordinated response to effectively combat the drug challenges. The focus is for a joined-up approach with all relevant stakeholders for a sustainable response against the trafficking and use of illicit drugs”.

In her keynote address, the Director, Seaport Operations, Omolade Faboyede, who described the ceaseless influx of substances of abuse into the country through the seaports, as alarming, revealed that the quantity of Tramadol and Cough Syrup with Codeine, as well as other narcotics drugs and psychotropics substances seized at the seaport, outnumbered the air and land seizures by the NDLEA.


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