Few weeks after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State donated two operational Hilux vehicles and five motorcycles to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Agency has recorded the single largest cannabis seizure ever made in Lagos.
The command acting on intelligence report discovered a cannabis warehouse located at 46, Ateoyo Street, Igbeleri Okoko, Lagos, where 8,597.63kgs of dried weeds of the illegal substance was illegally stored.
The operation which lasted over 12 hours was led by the Assistant Commander Operations and Intelligence, Mr. Ojo Ogbechema. It was cannabis everywhere except a room, a sitting room and a kitchen in the house. Officers spent several hours to evacuate the over eight and half (8.5) tons of cannabis from the illicit warehouse at Okoko, Lagos.
Lagos State commander of NDLEA, Aliyu Sule said the command made the unprecedented seizure in a cannabis house operated by one Cletus Ishie while acting on a tipoff.
Sule said, “The suspect, his wife and two children were living with the drugs in their family house converted to a warehouse. We engaged different trucks in conveying the drugs to the office because of the large quantity. This is a serious problem that requires concerted efforts and adequate logistic support. Cletus Ishie was not at home at the time of the raid but the wife witnessed the entire operation.”
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) promised to arrest the main suspect, identify and shut down more illicit drug warehouses.