The cocaine parcels. Photos: Channels Television and NDLEA

Cocaine worth N 32 bn has been recovered in a consignment at the Tincan Port in Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

It was gathered that the consignment , which arrived Nigeria from Brazil on board a vessel marked MV SPAR SCORPIO was placed on surveillance for some days before two clearing agents showed up on Monday to clear it.

The Commander , Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA , Sumaila Ethan , said the clearing agents were arrested , while the consignment was searched and the substance weighing 43 .11 kg was found in it.

He said, “ After a thorough search, we discovered 40 compressed parcels , which after laboratory investigations , tested positive for 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.

“ The Tincan Port seizure followed the various seizures made at the Lagos and Abuja airports as well as in Edo , Katsina, Nasarawa and Benue states in the last three weeks.”

Commending the operatives of the Tincan Port Command, the Chairman of the agency , Brig . Gen . Buba Marwa ( retd .) , charged them and other officers and men from different commands across the country to remain vigilant.

He said, “ The successes we recorded in the last three weeks can only serve as a challenge to raise the bar and do more . We ’ ll continue to do our best to motivate the officers and men of the agency , and we expect full commitment , dedication to work and discipline in return so that we can collectively achieve the goal of ridding our nation of illicit drugs.”

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