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Nigerian Navy Thwarts Drug Trafficking: Seizes 187 Bags of Cannabis in Lagos


Nigerian Navy Thwarts Drug Trafficking: Seizes 187 Bags of Cannabis in Lagos

The Nigerian Navy has successfully intercepted 187 bags of cannabis sativa in various locations, including an uncompleted building at Apakin Village in Ibeju Lekki, Eleko Beach in Lekki, Lagos State, and the Badagry Creeks. The Commander of NNS BEECROFT and Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, announced this achievement in a press statement on Wednesday.

The interceptions were made possible through intelligence gathered from the state-of-the-art Maritime Domain Awareness Facility, the Falcon Eye Alignment. Oguntuga explained that the NNS patrol team confiscated 58 bags of cannabis sativa at the uncompleted building and an additional 129 bags intercepted at Eleko Beach and Badagry Creek, totaling approximately 8,000 kilograms.

The suspects, upon detecting the naval team, abandoned the narcotics and fled the scene, allowing the team to secure the illicit drugs. The Quick Response Team, deployed as part of Operation WATER GUARD, played a crucial role in acting on credible intelligence regarding suspicious activities.

Oguntuga stated, “This successful confiscation and handover further underscore the Nigerian Navy’s unwavering commitment to reducing the effects of drugs, which is believed to be a catalyst for crimes, violence, and other vices threatening national security.” The confiscated narcotics have been handed over to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for necessary actions.

The commander reiterated the navy’s dedication to fighting illegal activities and emphasized the collaborative efforts with relevant stakeholders, institutions, and government agencies to curb crime and criminality within the maritime environment. The interception aligns with the strategic directives of Vice Admiral EI Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff, to address challenges posed by drug-related crimes and their impact on national security.


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