Nigerian anti-drug agency seized illegal drugs at airports

Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Murtala Muhammed International Airport

About 61 kilograms of heroin and khat have been seized recently at two international airports in the country, according to a press release from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) on Monday.

Femi Babafemi, a spokesperson for the agency, said the seizures were made at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in the northwest state of Kano respectively.

According to the spokesperson, the intercepted and seized consignments have a street value of over 10 billion naira (about 26.2 million U.S. dollars).

Babafemi said six suspects have so far been arrested in operations in Lagos since April 16, while the substance had tested positive for heroin, with a total weight of 25.3 kg.

In a similar development in Kano, the spokesperson added that the agency intercepted and seized a consignment at its cargo shed, meant for export to Manchester of Britain.

Babafemi said a sample of the suspected substance in the consignment was sent for laboratory analysis and the result came out positive for Khat weighing 36 kg.

He said investigations were still ongoing to ascertain the true owners of the illegal consignment. Enditem

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