Clearing officers arrested when NDLEA intercepts £ 32bn cocaine in Lagos port
The cocaine, worth 32 billion Norwegian pounds, was transported to the port of Tinkan in Lagos by agents of the National Drug Enforcement Agency.
It was revealed that the cargo, which arrived in Nigeria from Brazil on a vessel labeled MV SPAR SCORPIO, was under surveillance for several days before two customs officers showed up on Monday to clear customs.
Tinjan NDLEA Port Commander Sumail Ethan said customs officials were arrested and the cargo was searched and a substance weighing 43.11 kg was found inside.
He said: “After extensive research, we found 40 compressed packs that, after laboratory testing, tested positive for cocaine. Two cleanup officers have been arrested while we continue our investigation. The takeover undoubtedly signals the renewed activity of the agency.
“The seizure of Tinkan port follows various seizures at Lagos and Abuja airports, as well as in Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa and Benue states over the past three weeks.”
Having commended the officers of Tinkan Port Command, the agency’s president, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retired), instructed them and other officers and soldiers from various missions across the country to remain vigilant.
He said: “The successes we have made over the past three weeks can only be a challenge to raise the bar and do more. We will continue to do our best to motivate the officers and staff of the agency, and we expect in return … full commitment, dedication and discipline so that we can collectively achieve the goal of ridding our country of illicit drugs. ”
Source: – Punch ng