The substance was carefully packed in 32 slabs. Photo: Mary Fatile
A vessel from Brazil ‘MV CHAYANEE NAREE’ carrying substances suspected to be cocaine, wrapped in 30 slabs weighing 32.9kg has been intercepted.
The operation was carried out by the Nigerian Navy, Interpol, the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and other security agencies.
Commander Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed at a briefing in Apapa, Lagos said the Nigerian Navy acting on intelligence from the Interpol tracked the vessel attempting to smuggle narcotics into the country.
According to the commander, the Nigerian Navy Falcon Eye Maritime Domain Awareness system, monitored the vessel and discovered that it departed Santo Brazil on September 19 and drifted for a week at a position of about 250 nautical miles off the coast of Benin Republic from October 1—8, before sailing and arriving Nigeria where it was intercepted.
Efforts to speak to the crew members (22 in number) of the vessel proved abortive as investigation and operation are still ongoing.
Reporting by Mary Fatile; editing by Muzha Kucha