Nigerian Navy hands over seized cannabis to NDLEA

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Navy has handed over two fibre boats alongside 100 bags of cannabis worth N40 million to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for investigation.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Maurice Eno during handing over the substance to the agency, said that they were intercepted at Igbooja Village near Badagry, Lagos State.

Commodore Eno stated that the substance was packaged in 77 big bags and 23 medium bags, weighing about 4226.6kg with an estimated duty value of over N40 million.

According to the Navy Commander, “The arrest was sequel to a tip off about some criminal elements indulge in transportation of cannabis and other illicit substances within the area through the waterways.

“The suspected owners absconded before the navy patrol team got to the scene of the crime; as such no person was arrested.

“The navy under the leadership of the current Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas is determined to rid our waterways of all forms illegalities.

“NNS BEECROFT is therefore committed to assisting the NDLEA to deal with the issue of trafficking of illicit substance.

“The Navy uses this medium to warn drug traffickers and other criminal elements particularly within our maritime environment to desist from these nefarious activities and pursue lawful means of livelihood.

“The handover of the 100 bags of the substance today marks the end of our own preliminary investigation of the case.”

Eno said that the Nigerian Navy was responsible for the maritime security including areas of pipeline protection and vandalism, adding that prosecution could not be carried out without the NDLEA.

Receiving the seized items, the NDLEA Principal Staff Officer, Operations and Intelligence, Lagos State Command, Mr Lawal Isiaka, said that investigation would continue and the suspects would be arrested.

He said the agency would do everything possible to curb the use and distribution of illicit drugs across the state and the country.

Eno who commended the navy for impounding the substances and handing them over to NDLEA, added that the synergy would continue with other sister agencies to rid off crime in the country.