The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said it seized drugs valued at N574 million and arrested 30 suspects in connection with narcotics at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos alone in the first quarter of this year.
The anti-narcotics agency also advocated an integrated approach in the control of illicit drug trafficking.
The Chief Executive of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), revealed this in a statement by the spokesman of the agency, Mitchell Ofoyeju, where he released the performances of the agency in the first quarter of 2016.
The statement hinted that the arrested 30 suspected drug traffickers comprised 26 males and four females. He said the total weight of narcotics seized within the period was 100.545kg.
Abdallah said the agency must continue to develop integrated programmes in tackling the problem of drug trafficking and related organised crimes at various levels, not just within the nation’s airports, but in all areas.
He said deliberate steps must also be taken to improve regional and international drug control measures aimed at dislodging drug syndicates.
The chairman disclosed that most cocaine seizures made by the agency originated from Dubai while methamphetamines were destined for South Africa and Asia.
He added:“These steps include robust collaboration, increased funding, use of modern technology in drug crime prevention and exchange of criminal intelligence.”
“We also observed the smuggling of psychotropic substances to African countries. There was a seizure of Raphynol to Ghana, Diazepam to Liberia and Tramadol hidden in DJ Rack Box to Congo Brazzaville. The NDLEA will therefore remain dynamic in its operations and maintain a clear lead over criminal organisations.”