By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Not less than 5,371kg of Cannabis with a street value of N15 million has been intercepted by the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), New Nigerian Newspaper has learnt.
The State Commander, Ralph Igwenagu on Wednesday said the seizure was made after officers raided a notorious syndicate in Ayobo, Lagos State.
Igwenagu who noted that other members of the syndiacte were on the run said the seizure was one of the biggest in five years.
Igwenagu who estimated the value of the prohibited drugs to be worth over N15 million said the NDLEA will apprehend every criminal element who want to use this period to perpetrate crimes, vowing that they will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said, “Based on information, our officers raided a notorious syndicate somewhere in Ayobo, Lagos State and made this very monumental seizure.
We have been doing a lot to trace these syndicates because theyare notorious for bringing drugs from Osun State, Ondo State to Lagos and we were able to make the seizure and arrest one of the members of syndicate. Others are still on the run.
“We are hopeful that in no distant time, they too will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to him,: “This is the biggest single seizure that we have done in the last five years. The total quantity of drugs involved is over five tones at one particular time, at exactly 5, 371kg at one single seizure.
“We have made very big seizures in the past but not in this mode at one particular time and that shows the level of drugs that can come into Lagos State and we are particularly happy that we are able to remove this out of circulation and it will save a lot of Nigerians.”
One of the suspects apprehended by Achienu Promise, said he was co-opted into moving the drugs from Osun State to Lagos.
In his confession, he said, “They called me to carry load for Ikire, Osun State. When I got there, I discovered that it was cannabis they wanted me to carry. I had no option not to do it because I had no money to buy diesel to go back. I begged them to give money to buy diesel, they refused and said I must carry the cannabis.”
He added, “I called the owner of the vehicle that diesel had finished and needed money to go back but he refused to send money to me. He said it was his first time in engaging in ferrying of cannabis.
“The house in Ayobo that NDLEA raided to seize cannabis is not my house. It is the place I was directed to offload the drugs. They promised to pay me N50, 000 but they just paid me N15, OOO to buy diesel. They promised to give me the balance.”