The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday, said its officers attached to NNS BEECROFT intercepted Indian hemp also known as cannabis sativa worth N29billion.
Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Kolawale Oguntuga, while briefing journalists said the interception was made possible through the utilization of Falcon Eye, a state-of-the-art maritime awareness domain facility technology.
Oguntuga stated that the interception took place in the early hours of July 3 near Ibeju Lekki, Lagos state.
“On this day the falcon eye was able to detect the activity of criminals transferring bags of Canabis from boats to land. As soon as we realized it, patrol teams both on water and land swiftly swung into action to ensure that the criminals did not escape.”
“On sighting our men, they fled and we were able to confiscate the consignment and we recovered over 200 bags. Each bag weighs about 50kg so we are talking about 10,000 kg of these drugs.
“We are going to make sure due process is done by handing over the illegal substance to the appropriate agency. We will also ensure that it is handled appropriately with the standard procedure,” he said.
The commander, however, warned the perpetrators to desist or face the wrath of the law.
He expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Naval Staff, acknowledging the unwavering support provided in the pursuit of a crime-free nation.
“The Nigerian Navy under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, is poised and resolute to ensure that these criminals are punished,” he said.