April 17, 2024

NDLEA destroys 10 trucks of illicit drugs seized in Lagos, Ogun

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By Evelyn Usman

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, destroyed 304,436kg kilograms and 40,042 litres liquid illicit substances, seized from parts of Lagos and Ogun states, in two years.

The substances were brought for destruction in 10 trucks.

Speaking during the public destruction of the seized illicit subtances said to be the third destruction in three years, in Badagry area of Lagos, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Brig Gen Mohamed Marwa (retd) said the destruction followed court orders.

According to him, “Though this is a routine exercise and an established process of removing dangerous substances from our society, the public destruction of confiscated illicit drugs is usually conducted at the end of their related cases in court.”

He explained that the exhibits being destroyed were in various classes such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and tramadol, among others, adding that they were seized by NDLEA operatives across different formations of the Agency in Lagos and Ogun states, especially at the Lagos seaports, airports, and land borders.

He said: “To be destroyed here today on the order of the court are solid drugs, weighing 304,436.055kg and 40, 042. 621 litres of liquid drugs. The sheer volume of the drug haul speaks volumes about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld.

“The destruction of these seizures complies with the NDLEA Act, which mandates the agency to destroy all drug exhibits after prosecution,” he said.

He acknowledged the support of the agency’s local and international partners, who had worked with the agency on a number of busts, as well as the Military and other law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.