NDLEA seizes N193billion worth of cocaine in Lagos

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, has recorded what seems to be its biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of Nigeria’ anti-narcotic battle.

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Operatives of the NDLEA in a sting operation, stormed a major warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos where it recorded as staggering 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug with a street value worth more than Two Hundred and Seventy Eight Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($278, 250,000). That’s an equivalent of about One Hundred and Ninety Four Billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy Five Million (N194, 775,000,000) Naira given the current exchange rate.

The anti-narcotic agency has also arrested four alleged drug barons, including a Jamaican in the well coordinated and intelligence led operation that lasted two days across different locations in Lagos state.

Suspects arrested in the operation include: Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo state; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra state; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo state; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo state and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.

They were all described as members of an international drug syndicate that the agency has been trailing since 2018.

The warehouse located at 6, Olukuola crescent, Solebo estate, Ikorodu, was raided on Sunday 18th September, 2022, while the barons were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday 19th September.

According to preliminary investigations, 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.

While commending all the officers and men of the agency involved in the extensive investigation, including those of the American Drug Enforcement Administration, (US-DEA), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said the operation was a historical blow to the drug cartels and a strong warning that they’ll all go down if they fail to realise that the game has changed