NDLEA destroys 304,436kg, 40, 042 litres of drugs in Lagos, Ogun 

 The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Tuesday destroyed a total of 304,436kg kilograms and 40,042 litres of illicit substances seized from parts of Lagos and Ogun states.

Speaking on the exercise where the seized drugs were publicly destroyed at Ibereko in Badagry  area Lagos state, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ( CEO)  of the agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), said the open destruction of the seized illicit drugs followed court orders.

He called for more public support for ongoing efforts by NDLEA and other stakeholders to curb the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

NDLEA boss stated that the exhibits destroyed were of mixed types, “which include illicit drugs in solid and liquid states as well as in various classes of cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and tramadol, among others.”

He said the drugs were seized by NDLEA operatives across different formations of the agency in Lagos and Ogun states from January 2022 till date, especially at the Lagos seaports, airports, and land borders.

“To be destroyed here today on the order of the court are solid drugs, weighing 304,436.055kg and 40, 042. 621 litres of liquid drugs. The sheer volume of the drug haul speaks volumes about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld.

“The destruction of these seizures complies with the NDLEA Act, which mandates the agency to destroy all drug exhibits after prosecution. We want to say that your presence here is a testament to this important occasion. To this end, we appreciate all stakeholders and members of the public for witnessing this exercise,” he said.

Marwa expressed appreciation to traditional rulers, heads of security agencies, the clergy men, members of NGOs and CSOs as well as other stakeholders who witnessed the ceremony.

“I seized this opportunity to acknowledge the support of the agency’s local and international partners especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA); United Kingdom NCA, Border Force; the Germans, the French; Indian NCB, among others who had worked with the agency on a number of busts, similarly the Nigerian military and other law enforcement agencies such as the Customs; Immigration; Police; Civil Defence; FRSC; NFIU, NAFDAC and others that have been supporting our efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.”