In continuation of its offensive against drug barons and cartels in Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has seized 40 parcels of cocaine weighing 43.11kilograms, with an estimated street value of over N32 billion, at the Lagos Tincan Port
The consignment containing the illicit drugs had been under surveillance by operatives of the Tincan Command of the NDLEA for days, until two clearing agents showed up Monday, 8 February, to have it cleared.
TheFact Nigeria gathered, from the Commander of the Tincan Port Command of the agency, Sumaila Ethan, that the two clearing agents were promptly arrested and the consignment, which was brought into the country from Brazil on board a vessel marked MV SPAR SCORPIO, thoroughly searched. The contents of the compressed parcels, after laboratory investigation, was proven to be cocaine.
Sumaila Ethan, while briefing the media on Tuesday, at the Ikoyi office of the Agency, emphasized that the seizure is no doubt an attestation to the renewed vigour in the operations of the agency, and expressed sentiments of appreciation to the chairman and chief executive of the agency, Gen. Buba Marwa, “who provided guidance all through the operation”.
He noted that the Tincan Port seizure is coming on the heels of similar seizures at the Lagos and Abuja airports as well as from the FCT, Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa and Benue state commands in the last three weeks.
While commending the Commander, officers and men of the Tincan Port Command for the operation, Gen. Marwa charged them and other commands across the country to remain vigilant and on red alert.
“The successes we are recording in the last three weeks can only serve as a challenge to raise the bar and do more. We will continue to do our best to motivate the officers and men of the agency, and in return, we expect full commitment, dedication to work and discipline, so that we can collectively achieve the goal of ridding our nation of illicit drugs”, he said.