The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has burnt over N194 billion worth of cocaine recently recovered from a warehouse in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
NDLEA Sets Ablaze 1.8 Tons Of Cocaine In Lagos
KanyiDaily had reported how the NDLEA operatives seized an estimated N194 billion worth of the illicit drug in what “appears to be the biggest singular cocaine seizure” in Nigeria’s history.
The 1.8 tons of cocaine were seized at a warehouse where they were hidden at №6, Olukunola Street, Solebo estate, Ikorodu, with five suspects, including a Jamaican, arrested.
Following the historical seizure, which is the largest in the agency’s history, an order of a Federal High Court in Lagos was immediately obtained for public destruction of the consignment.
The NDLEA chairman, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (rtd) stated that tougher sanctions await drug barons and cartels in any parts of Nigeria and expressed the readiness of the agency to continue to fight drug abuse.
Marwa, who led other stakeholders to crush and set ablaze the recovered drugs in Badagry area of the state, maintained that the agency would not succumb to the activities of illicit drug traffickers and addicts.
Represented by the agency’s Director, Prosecution and Legal Services/Deputy Commander-General of Narcotics, (DCGN), Sunday Joseph, Marwa said the value of the recovered drugs is N194,775, 000,000 Naira.
He said “The safety of our society is the responsibility of every one of us and every citizen shall be fulfilling his or her civic duty by assisting the agency to clean up communities and cities by joining the war against drug abuse.
The NDLEA boss also stated, “Presently 2994 drug offenders are serving various jail terms, while other cases are ongoing in court, which we are confident will end in positive results too.”
Brig Gen Marwa (rtd) warned drug barons that “The bust of the syndicate responsible for the cocaine warehouse in Ikorodu is a message to drug cartels that their investments in the illicit drug trade will go up in flames as you are about to witness, while they also risk losing their freedom because the present NDLEA is committed to arresting, prosecuting and ensuring the conviction of those involved in illicit drugs
“That is not all. We now also go after their assets, acquired with the proceeds of the criminal trade.” the NDLEA boss declared.
KanyiDaily recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had commended the NDLEA chairman, Buba Marwa, for busting the international drug syndicate and recovery of 1,855kilograms of cocaine.