- The NDLEA has made a serious arrest at the Tin Can port in Lagos
- The agency seized N32 billion worth of hard drugs brought from Brazil
- Officials also arrested two clearing agents at the port
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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has impounded 40 parcels of hard substance worth more than N32 billion at the Tin Can Port in Lagos.
Operatives of the NDLEA also arrested two clearing agents at the port linked with the parcels, The Nation reports.
The command of the agency at the port, Sumaila Ethan, revealed that consignment containing the illicit drug was on surveillance until the agents came around to clear it.
Ethan added that the drugs were brought into the country from Brazil.
Speaking on how the catch was made, the commander said:
“After a thorough search, we discovered 40 compressed parcels, which after laboratory investigations, tested positive to cocaine. The two clearing agents have been taken into custody while we continue with the investigation.
"The seizure is no doubt an attestation to the renewed vigour in the operations of the agency. We appreciate our chairman/Chief executive, General Buba Marwa who provided guidance all through the operations."
Meanwhile, the federal government had stopped the recruitment of 5,000 citizens into the NDLEA.
The recruitment process was blocked by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.
AGF Malami noted that continuing with the NDLEA recruitment would include the gathering of several people in one place. This, he noted, would violate the current nationwide COVID-19 protocols.
The minister of justice said while the recruitment exercise was long overdue and necessary for the actualization of the Agency’s mandate, the huge health concerns must be addressed.
A statement from Malami's office urged those in charge of the recruitment process to: "seek clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the public health implications of such an exercise especially as it relates to the adequacy/possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols."