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NDLEA intercepts 64,863kg ‘Laughing Gas’ at Apapa Port , Imo

...Arrests 3 suspects

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) in Apapa Port, Lagos and Imo State have intercepted over 64, 863.5 kilogram of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.

This seizure is happening shortly after NDLEA Chairman ,Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) directed all commands and formations of the Agency to begin an immediate clampdown on illegal sale and use of the gas following its abuse by people who use it for recreational purposes

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IMG 20230714 WA0104Femi Babafemi, NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy disclosed in a press release that three suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures

On the Apapa Port seizure ,Babafemi said the smuggled substance was uncovered during a joint examination of two containers following intelligence gathered by the agency

IMG 20230714 WA0108“Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives at the Apapa seaport on Wednesday 12th July intercepted two containers marked MSKU 7626856 and MSKU 7689448 suspected to contain cartons of Nitrous oxide and plastic pressure release nozzles imported from China. As a result, a joint examination of the containers was carried out by NDLEA officers, men of the Customs Service and other stakeholders the following day, Thursday 13th July.

IMG 20230714 WA0100” During the search of the two containers, a total of 522 cartons of Nitrous Oxide, containing 16,366 packages weighing 64,852kgs were recovered along with the paraphernalia for recreational use. The importer of the consignment, 30-year-old Stephen Eze and his agent, Michael Chukwuma were thereafter arrested and detained for further investigation.

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IMG 20230714 WA0105In the same vein, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Owerri – Onitsha expressway in Imo state on Thursday 13th July intercepted three cartons containing 18 canisters of the same substance weighing 11.5kg heading to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

IMG 20230714 WA0107“A swift follow up operation was conducted in the stadium road area of Elekahia, Port Harcourt same day leading to the arrest of the owner of the shipment, 24-year-old Tonye Kalio.

IMG 20230714 WA0099While commending the officers and men of the Apapa Port, and their Imo state Command counterparts for being pro-active and swift, Marwa said the clampdown on illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide will continue nationwide to protect young Nigerians from the devastating effects of abusing the substance and in the overall interest of public health. He commended the cooperation of other sister security agencies and stakeholders towards achieving the set objective” he said

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Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600, hubitokoria@gmail.com

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