The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized over 22,160 kilograms of Codeine syrup, Methamphetamine and Skunk at Apapa seaport and a notorious drug den at Akala, Mushin, Lagos State
.The Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said that the seizures were made in two major operations by operatives of the NDLEA in the state.
He said that 14,080kg codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kg cold caps used to conceal the codeine in a 40ft container imported from India, were intercepted on Feb. 2, 2022 at Apapa port.
Babafemi added that Cannabis, Loud and Skunk imported from Ghana and Methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72kg were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin.
He said that the 17 suspects including five females were arrested on Feb. 3. Babafemi said the seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence report from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders.
“At Akala, NDLEA Strike Force operatives in their numbers with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den.“
They evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation,” he said.
Babafemi said also, that the operatives arrested a female drug kingpin, Mrs Jemilat Seriki, for drug trafficking after weeks of manhunt.
He said that the suspect was one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of Loud imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos on Nov. 27, 2021.
He said that Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin, admitted being one of the owners of the consignments seized, adding that her bags of drugs had ‘Jah Bless’ written on them.
“When eventually identified and sorted, she had 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg,” he said.