NDLEA Intercepts 64,863kg of Nitrous Oxide In Lagos, Imo, Arrests 3

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have intercepted over 64, 863.5 kilogramme consignments of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “laughing gas” at the Apapa Seaport in Lagos and Imo states. 

A statement by the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi, shared on Facebook on Friday disclosed that the substance was recovered following an intelligence 24 hours after the NDLEA DG ordered a nationwide clampdown on “laughing gas”.

He disclosed that three persons were also arrested in connection with the substance.

The statement in part said, “Barely 24 hours after the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd) directed all commands and formations of the Agency to begin an immediate clampdown on the illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “laughing gas” following its abuse by people who use it for recreational purposes, over 64, 863.5 kilograms of the gaseous substance were intercepted at the Apapa seaport in Lagos and in Imo state.

“Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives at the Apapa seaport on Wednesday, July 12 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, July 13. 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.”

Credit: Facebook | NDLEA