The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday destroyed over N194 billion worth of seized drugs at Seme, Badagry area of Lagos.
Hybrid Online News Nigeria gathered that the drugs were part of the seized 1.8 tons or cocaine recently recovered in a warehouse at Ikorodu in Lagos.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd) while giving his speech said the routine exercise was an established process of removing dangerous substances from the society.
Marwa who was represented by Mr Sunday Mbona, NDLEA’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services said the public destruction of confiscated illicit drugs is usually conducted at the end of their related cases in court.
He said the public destruction exercise was a special one as the seizure was the largest in the history of the Agency
“The sheer volume of the drug haul, with street value put at $278, 250, 000 equivalent to N194, 775,000,000 speaks volume about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld and therefore, the need for Nigerians to continue to support NDLEA in this renewed war against illicit drugs.
“The decision to destroy the bulk of the seizure follows a court order obtained by the Agency from the Federal High Court Lagos.
“Out of the 1.8-ton seizure, 1, 828 blocks of the cocaine will be set ablaze here today while the remnant will be secured for purpose of prosecution of the suspects who have been brought to witness the procedure and sign the certificate of destruction.
“In the meantime, the Agency is proceeding with the prosecution of those arrested in connection with this consignment.” he said.
Marwa further assured members of the public that NDLEA will pursue the trial to a logical conclusion.
He further solicited the support of the public for the agency’s effort to sustain the war against illicit drugs.
He also commended international partners, especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA), the Nigerian military and other law enforcement agencies for their support.
In his remarks, Mr Joseph Gbenu, the Chairman, Badagry-West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) urged the agency to continue the fight against drug abuse and trafficking.
Mr Olusegun Onilude, the Chairman, Badagry Local Government said he was happy to stand at the venue of the exhibit destruction as a witness.
According to him, this has shown the agency is working hard to end drugs trafficking in the country.
Comptroller Bello Jibo, the Area Commander, Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service congratulated the Chairman of NDLEA for the success recorded in drug fighting.
According to Jibo, only God knows the havoc the drugs would have caused if it gets to the public.
Chief Tunde Giro, the Depegan of Badagry, who represented the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi 1said the monarch was willing to collaborate with the agency in fighting against drug abuse and trafficking.