Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft has intercepted a boat laden with Cannabis, Commodore AM Haruna, the Commander Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT reveals.
Briefing the press on the interception, the Commander said “At about 1am on Saturday 21 May, the Nigerian Navy intercepted a boat laden with contraband suspected to be cannabis sativa popularly known as Marijuana.
“The interception was done during the routine sea patrol conducted by the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service (NNSBS) off Lagos Fairway buoy. The suspects on sighting the patrol boats jumped into a speed boat and sped off.
“Though the suspects are at large, efforts are being made to apprehend them. However, the boat laden with the contraband was towed to the Base for further investigation.
“Our preliminary investigations revealed that the boat was loaded with about 463 large sacks of compressed Marijuana worth more than Five Hundred Million Naira in the local market amongst other items.
“The Hard drugs would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in line with extant regulations for the arrest and handover of suspects and evidence to appropriate agencies.
“The prevention of such large quantity of hard drugs from entering the Nigerian society would serve to reduce drug intake that lead our youths towards committing crimes in the society.
“It has also deprived the owners of the contraband the funds to sustain their operations.
“Accordingly, I would like to use this avenue to warn drug traffickers and other economic saboteurs that the Nigerian Navy under the leadership of Vice Admiral AZ Gambo AM maintains zero tolerance to criminalities and will not relent in its drive to rid the nation’s maritime space of all illegalities such as drug trafficking and oil theft amongst others.
“Finally, I would like to commend the patrol teams for their commitment and unalloyed loyalty in living up to the assigned responsibilities of the Western Naval Command. Thank you for your rapt attention.”