Over 27 sacks of cannabis sativa worth N35 million were handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by the Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the Nigerian Navy in Badagry, Lagos.
Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, FOB commanding officer, said naval operatives seized the items on September 29 at Pako Beach in Badagry, adding that the navy acted after receiving an intelligence tip-off about the activities of some suspected smugglers within the area.
Said the Navy commander: “The intelligence indicated that a boat was sighted off loading products suspected to be cannabis sativa at Pako, close to Ajodi, Sea side of the Base.
“Consequently, the base quick response team, led by the base operations officer and base intelligence officer proceeded immediately to the scene of the crime for investigation and possible arrest.
“Sighting the team, the smugglers abandoned the narcotics at the beach and ran away. Subsequently, a total of 27 sacks of suspected products valued at about N35 million were recovered.
“The adjoining communities were also raided but neither products nor suspects were found”.
Adams-Aliu said an investigation was ongoing in conjunction with other security agencies to identify the drug trafficking syndicate, adding that those found culpable would be arraigned.
He said criminal elements bringing drugs and illegal consignment into Nigeria should have a rethink, pointing out that it would be difficult to meander through the Nigerian waters under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff.
Said he: “It is impossible to do so because we will see you with our surveillance equipment and I will arrest you and ensure the arrest ends in prosecution. Nigeria waterways are not for illegality”.
Receiving the exhibit, Owen Dinneys, commander of narcotics, NDLEA, promised that an investigation would begin on the seized items.
Said he: “We will ensure that whoever that is involved in the illegal drugs smuggling into the country is apprehended and justice will be done”.