The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Thursday destroyed/set ablaze over 560, 068.31414 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs, the largest to be destroyed in the 32-year history of the anti-narcotic agency.
Leading other top officials of NDLEA, other security agencies and members of the public in the burning of heaps of the illicit drugs in Lagos, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the exercise is a strong message to drug barons and cartels that they’ll continue to lose their huge investments in the criminal trade if they fail to back out and look for other legitimate businesses.
A breakdown of the 560, 068.31414 kilograms of the illicit substances burnt at a brief ceremony in Badagary area of Lagos include: 7, 414.519kg cocaine; 161, 206kg heroin; 1, 144.8kg methamphetamine; 60, 144kg ephedrine; 311, 416.19162kg cannabis sativa; 10, 091.83kg khat; 273. 223kg tramadol; 0.000170kg benylin with codeine and 8, 207.7505kg of other psychotropic substances, which were seized by the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) command; Lagos State Command; and the Seme Special Area command from persons convicted and sentenced by the Federal High Court as well as abandoned seizures.