The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said it has intercepted fresh consignments of cocaine as well as heroin weighing 16.85 kilograms.
The agency put street value of the drug at over N4.9 billion.
NDLEA’s Director, Media, and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated that operatives intercepted the consignments at the Apapa Seaport; as well as at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
Four persons are currently being investigated for the 13.65kg cocaine seized onboard a ship, MV Karteria that came into the Apapa Port from Santos, Brazil, on Sunday, Nov. 7.
This, was barely three weeks after 32.9kg of cocaine was intercepted at the port on another vessel, MV Chayanee Naree, also from Santos, Brazil.
He said operatives in well-coordinated follow-up operations arrested five persons in different parts of Lagos and Delta; in connection with the shipment.
“A consignment of 3.2kg heroin was found on a passenger, Christian Osondu at the E-Arrival Hall of the (MMIA) on Friday, Nov. 5; during the inward clearance of Air Peace flight from South Africa.
“A swift follow-up operation on the same day led to the arrest of one Ude Onyeka at Mafoluku area of Oshodi in Lagos.
“Onyeka confessed that his elder brother, Ikenna Ude, who is based in South Africa; had instructed him to collect the bag containing the drug.
“He confessed also that he was to hand over to another person; who was supposed to come from Delta,’’ he said.
Babafemi said that a second follow-up operation led to the arrest of Innocent Abanjo who came to Lagos from Delta to pick the bag around “Cele’’ Bus Stop, Okota, on Saturday, Nov. 6.
“Abanjo also confessed that he was contracted by one Oseki Chinedu, who is based in South Africa; to travel to Lagos to collect the bag and to take it to Agbor junction in Delta.
“The third follow-up operation led to the arrest of Ihator Isioma at Agbor Junction on Sunday, Nov. 7,’’ he added.