As part of efforts in its renewed offensive against drug barons and cartels across the country, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has seized 40 parcels of cocaine weighing 43.11kg, and worth over N32bn at the Tincan Port, Lagos State.

Commander of NDLEA in Tincan Port, Sumaila Ethan who disclosed this in a statement issued by the Head of Public Affairs, Jonah Achema in Abuja on Tuesday, said the intercepted consignment containing the illicit drug was put under surveillance by operatives of the Tincan Command of the NDLEA for some days, after which two clearing agents who showed up on February 8 to clear the package were nabbed.

He added that the two clearing agents have been promptly arrested and the consignment, which was brought into Nigeria from Brazil on board a vessel marked ‘MV SPAR SCORPIO’, has been properly searched.

Ethan commended the commander, officers and men of the Tincan Port Command for the operation, and stated that the Tincan port seizure was coming on the heels of similar interceptions at the Lagos and Abuja airports, and some others from Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa and Benue states within the last three weeks.

“After a thorough search, we discovered 40 compressed parcels, which after laboratory investigations tested positive to cocaine. The two clearing agents have been taken into custody while we continue with the investigation.

“The seizure is no doubt an attestation to the renewed vigour in the operations of the agency. We appreciate our Chairman, rtd Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, who provided guidance all through the operations.

“We’ll continue to do our best to motivate the officers and men of the agency, and we expect full commitment, dedication to work and discipline in return so that we can collectively achieve the goal of ridding our nation of illicit drugs”, Ethan added.

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