The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Lagos State Command, on Friday 3rd May, 2019, intercepted a 20 feet container stuffed with hard drugs worth over N20m which was conveyed with a MAN Diesel truck.
The truck with Registration No. JJJ 959 XN, laden with 150 bags of Cannabis Sativa, with street value of about N20 million Naira, weighing 2.139 tons, was concealed in fake compartment of the truck.
Two male suspects, Monday Michael, the driver, 46, and Alex Adieli, his conductor, 43, were also apprehended on their way from Ondo State to Lagos.
According to the Acting State Commander, Barr. Frederick Ezeorah, the achievement was as a result of intelligence gathered over a period of time on the criminal activities of the above named persons who specialized in bringing such illicit substances into Lagos State.
One of the suspects, during interrogation by NDLEA officers, said he has been in the illicit dealings for years without being caught. He appealed to NDLEA to be left off the hook as he will desist from the business.
Barr. Ezeorah said that the consequences of trafficking in illicit drugs and abuse of dangerous substances must be the concern of every well-meaning Nigerian as the effect knows no bound and anybody can be a victim of its dangerous health and mental implications, violence and its associated crimes.
The commander while commending the operatives who arrested the suspects described the seizure as a panacea for peace and positive step towards eradicating drugs from circulation.
“The NDLEA will continue to work assiduously by consolidating on the gains recorded in the fight against insurgency and other crimes.
“Over 2.139 tons of cannabis would have been taken to Lagos if not for the timely interception by men of this command.”
“Several crimes are perpetrated under the influence of drugs like cannabis and the Agency will not rest until the problem of cannabis cultivation, trafficking and usage are drastically reduced”.
He said NDLEA has declared a total war against illicit drugs and promised to deploy adequate resources towards monitoring, interception and arrest of dealers and consumers.
The NDLEA Lagos State Command is hereby soliciting the cooperation of the general public and other security agencies to provide the command with such confidential and reliable information about those merchants of death so as to make Lagos State a crime free state for the good of all.