Two Tonnes Of Cocaine Is A Haul – Buhari Reacts To N194billion-worth Hard Drugs Discovered In Lagos Warehouse
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the seizure made by Nigeria’s anti-narcotic agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in joint force with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, in a warehouse in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
SaharaReporters had on Monday reported that operatives of NDLEA and the US DEA busted a major warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area, where not less than 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of illicit drug worth N194billion were packed.
In a telephone call from New York where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly, Buhari commended the NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), on the recent smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1,855kg of cocaine.
The President said, “I deeply appreciate the work that you have put into the eradication of the drug menace. It gladdens my heart as I continue to follow the successes achieved under your leadership.
“You have demonstrated over and again that choosing you to lead this fight against wicked merchants of death whose sole aim is to endanger and truncate the future of our youth is a very good choice. Please keep up the good work. Two tonnes of cocaine, that’s a haul!”
At least five alleged drug barons including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager were arrested in the well-coordinated and intelligence led operation that lasted two days.
The arrested suspects during the operation include Soji Jibril, 69, from Ibadan, Oyo State; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, from Ekwulobia in Anambra State; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo state; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa in Ondo State and Kelvin Smith, 42, from Kingston, Jamaica.
The suspects are said to be members of an international drug syndicate that the agency has been trailing since 2018.
The warehouse located at Olukuola crescent, Solebo Estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos was raided by the operatives on Sunday, while the barons were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the class A drugs were warehoused in the residential estate from where the cartel was trying to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.
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