In Lagos state, according to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), 1.8 tonnes of cocaine worth "N194 billion" have been found.
The drugs were taken from a warehouse in the Ikorodu neighborhood of Lagos, according to a statement released on Monday by Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA's media director.
Babafemi noted that five people, including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager, had been detained and that the development "appears to be the biggest single cocaine seizure" in the agency's history.
Arrested in operation include Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo state; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra state; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo state; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo state, and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
According to the NDLEA statement, "They are all members of an international drug syndicate that the agency has been trailing since 2018.
“Located at 6 Olukuola crescent, Solebo estate, Ikorodu, the warehouse was raided on Sunday 18th September 2022, while the barons were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday 19th September.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the class A drugs were warehoused in the residential estate from where the cartel was trying to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.