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NDLEA seizes 22,160kg illicit drugs at Lagos seaport, Mushin

Over 22,160kg of Codeine syrup, Methamphetamine, and Skunk have been seized at Apapa seaport and Mushin area of Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

The seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders with a total of 14,080kg codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kg cold caps used to conceal a 40ft container imported from India.

According to the NDLEA spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, Cannabis, Loud, Skunk imported from Ghana, and Methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72kg were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin of Lagos state where 17 suspects including five females were arrested on Thursday 3rd Feb.

He says, at Akala, NDLEA Strike Force operatives in their numbers with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies, and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.

The raid, he says, led to the arrest of a female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Seriki, who is one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of Loud imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 27th November 2021, after weeks of manhunt.

Explaining further, he states that, Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin, admitted being one the owners of the consignments seized, adding that her bags of drugs had ‘Jah Bless’ written on them, and when eventually identified and sorted, she has 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg.

In a related development, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of Methamphetamine to Brazil and the United Kingdom were scuttled by narcotic officers at the airport.

Operatives of the NDLEA also intercepted 0.80kg of Meth concealed in a relaxer plastic container heading to the UK billed for export at the SAHCO export shed.

Mr. Babafemi says a suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy who presented the consignment for the search had been arrested for further investigation.

He adds that on Friday 4th February during the outward clearance of passengers at Gate ‘C’ Departure hall of the airport an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airlines going to Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500grams of Meth concealed inside three plastic hair relaxer containers.

While another male passenger, Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by operatives with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank, and Zenith Bank, during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight on Sunday 30th Jan.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen, editing by Daniel Adejo