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Lagos: NDLEA intercepts Codeine worth N2b at port


By Princess-Ekwi Ajide, Abuja

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted 40,250 kilograms of Codeine based syrup. The schedule 2 controlled narcotic worth over N2billion was imported in two 40ft containers from India.

The drug seizure followed intelligence report from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders such as Customs, DSS, Navy and others.

The latest consignments intercepted were brought into the country in two containers with a market value of N2, 012, 500, 000 (Two Billion, Twelve Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira).

A statement signed by NDLEA ‘s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, indicates that the consignments were seized at the Port Express Bonded Terminal, Berger-Apapa after they were discovered concealed behind cartons of hypergra 200mg and deluxe chilly cutters, by the Agency’s sniffer dogs which were brought in to identify the illegal substance.

Reacting to the latest seizure, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the Agency remains poised to deal decisively with drug cartels this year by ensuring that no gram of illicit drug is allowed to come into or pass through Nigeria to other countries.

He commended the officers and men of the Apapa Port Special Area Command of the Agency for their vigilance, and expressed gratitude to the foreign partners for sharing timely intelligence and other port stakeholders for their cooperation.

It will be recalled that NDLEA last week seized 14,080kg of Codeine based syrup at the Apapa seaport, Lagos.


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