By Bukola Adetoye
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has explained how it intercepted 101 bags of hard drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, worth N64 million being smuggled from Cotonou, Benin Republic through the high sea in Ibeshe area of Lagos state
The NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Mr Okoro Eweka, while addressing newmen on Friday in Lagos, said the Nigeria bound illicit drugs were conveyed in a Cotonou Boat by suspected Ghanians.
Eweka exalted the good works of the Commandant-General (CG) of NSCDC, Mr Ahmed Audi, for genuinely utilising funds released to the security arm to procure gunboat for Lagos Command .
Explaining further, Eweka said on Friday at about 2 a.m, the conmand’s anti- vandal team, acting on credible intelligence, intercepted a Cotonou boat on high sea close to the waterway.
” On sighting NSCDC gunboat, the occupants screamed and dived into the sea.
” Our team did not want to shoot but, however, drove the boat to the defence jetty in ijora at 11 a.m. on the date,” Okoro said.
The NSCDC Lagos boss said that the corps would work harder to prevent the lives of Nigerians from being ruined by Illinious act of some neighbouring countries.
He said the popular slogan of NSCDC that ” the corps will do good thing to good people and bad thing to bad people”, remained.
Eweka said: “It may interest you that the suspected Cannabis Sativa came into Nigeria from Ghana,
” This is evidenced by the unique nature of the stuffs in pawpaw and bible shape.
” This Ghana specie intoxicates highly and this is the reason they referred to it as ‘loud’ in local parlance,” he said.
Eweka pleaded with Ghanian Government to discourage its nationals from flooding Nigeria with hard drugs.
He reiterated that NSCDC would not compromise its standard by allowing such evil products to escape through its security routes.
” Meanwhile, I want to reiterate that the 9 Ghanaians arrested and paraded in February by the command had been diligently prosecuted by NDLEA and sentenced to jail on Oct. 14,”
” Based on this performance, the command would hand over the exhibt to NDLEA,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Eweka assumed duty as the Lagos command boss in June 2021.