NDLEA Seizes 40,250kg Narcotic Worth N2Bn At Lagos Port


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has, again, seized 40,250kg of Schedule 2 controlled narcotic at the Apapa Seaport, Lagos.

The value of the seized hard drugs which were packaged in two 40ft containers imported from India was put at over N2billion.

The latest effort of the NDLEA is coming barely a week after its operatives intercepted 14,080kg of codeine-based syrup at the same seaport.

The disclosure is contained in a press statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi.


The statement added that the latest drug bust and the earlier seizure both followed intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders such as Customs, DSS, Navy and others.

“The latest consignments, intercepted on Tuesday, 8 February, were brought into the country in two containers marked HLBU 2239792 with 1,125 cartons of the drug and HLBU 1067338 with 1,751 cartons, with a market value of N2, 012, 500, 000.

“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, after which the agency’s sniffer dogs were brought in to identify the illegal substance,” the statement added.

In his reaction to the latest seizure, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said the agency remains poised to deal decisive blows to drug cartels this year.

He said this would be done by ensuring that no gram of illicit drug is allowed to come into or pass through Nigeria to other countries.

The anti-drug agency’s boss commended the officers and men of the Apapa Port Special Area Command of the agency for their vigilance.

He also expressed gratitude to foreign partners for sharing timely intelligence and other port stakeholders for their cooperation, the statement disclosed.