The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reported the successful interception of drug consignments by its operatives working with courier companies in Lagos State. These illicit shipments were intended for Europe and Saudi Arabia, with the NDLEA making these seizures as part of their ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking.
Mr. Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy, made this announcement in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday. The NDLEA’s officers from the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOG) who are stationed at courier companies, discovered these contraband items at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
One of the interceptions involved 1kg of methamphetamine cleverly concealed within containers of body cream, with the destination being New Zealand, and the seizure occurred on Sunday, October 15. Furthermore, the vigilant officers also identified another consignment of 2.5kgs of cocaine and phenacetin hidden within the walls of a carton, which was bound for Saudi Arabia.
In addition to these seizures, two more confiscations were made at a separate courier company in Lagos on Wednesday, October 18. These included 112 grammes of Dimethyl Sulfone concealed in the hollow of a motor driving shaft, which was intended for New Zealand. Additionally, another consignment containing 583 grams of cocaine and phenacetin was discovered, packed inside a bottle of body cream meant for Saudi Arabia.
Simultaneously, NDLEA commands throughout the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory continued their efforts to combat drug abuse. They organised sensitization lectures in schools, communities, workplaces, and other locations. These educational initiatives were carried out as part of the agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) programme.
Some of the WADA sensitization lectures included:
- Students of Ogborhill Secondary School, Aba, Abia, and Nana Aisha Memorial Islamiyya Secondary School, Buba-Shongo, Gombe State.
- Awe High School, Awe, and Smiles and Surprises Academy, Onna, Akwa Ibom.
- Students of Sango High School, Ijoko, Ogun State.
- A WADA sensitization town hall meeting for principals of secondary schools from five local government areas of the state conducted by the Zone C Command of NDLEA, along with the Kwara state command.
These combined efforts signify the commitment of the NDLEA to combat drug trafficking, prevent drug abuse, and protect communities from the harmful effects of illegal drugs.