LAGOS – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command has said it recorded 146.820kg of illicit drugs seizure at the airport between January and June 25, 2019.
The command also disclosed that 33 suspects had been arrested in connection with attempt to either courier illicit drugs out of the country or into the country through the same airport.
Mr. Garba Ahmadu, the NDLEA Airport Commander at the Lagos Airport, disclosed this in an interview with journalists Wednesday during the celebration of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Ahmadu in his statistics said that seized drugs within the period included cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis sativa, heroine and ephedrine.
Besides, he revealed that out of the 33 suspects arrested in connection with the drugs, 28 of them were males, while five were females.
The breakdown of the drugs indicated that cocaine seized within the period weighed 15.580kg, heroin 14.720kg, cannabis sativa 54.140kg, methamphetamine 34.240kg and ephedrine 28.140.
He said the suspects were apprehended with various illicit drugs carefully concealment in the different ways, stressing that drug peddlers had devised new ways of concealing drugs in order to beat the security services.
He added that the illicit drugs were concealed in tomato cans, baby diapers, food items, body lotion containers and ingestion.
Speaking on cartels who plant drugs in passengers’ luggage in connivance with airline staff and ground handling staff, Ahmadu advised airlines to always deploy senior officials to airports for baggage tagging to avoid the Kano incident.
In 2016 at the MMIA, a total seizure of 779.916kg of different drugs was recorded, 2017, 12666.400kg and 2018, 5375.985kg were seized by the NDLEA.
Total number of suspects arrested, 2016 was 103; 2017, 85 and 2018, 93.
The theme for this year’s celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is ‘Health for Justice.’