The Commander Nigerian Navy ship BEECROFT and Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Kolawole Olumide Oguntuga, while addressing journalist at the Base said that at the early hours of Tuesday, 28 November 2023, based on credible intelligence on suspicious activities in an uncompleted building at Apakin Village in Ibeju Lekki, Quick Response Team of ongoing Operation WATER GUARD was deployed, and on arrival at the uncompleted building, bags suspected to be cannabis sativa were found stored in a concealed room.
Accordingly, 58 bags of Cannabis Sativa were found in the uncompleted building and another 129 bags were earlier intercepted at Eleko Beach and Badagry creek making a total of about 187 bags of Cannabis Sativa, weighing about 8,000 kilograms.
The criminals, upon sighting the teams, abandoned the narcotics and fled, however, all the bags were evacuated to the Base and handed over to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for necessary action.
Remarkable efforts of the teams are in fulfillment of key priorities of Strategic Directives of Vice Admiral EI Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff, towards leveraging partnerships with relevant stakeholders, institutions and government agencies under the principle of burden sharing to curb crime and criminality within the maritime environment.
This successful confiscation and handover further underscores the Nigerian Navy’s unwavering commitment to reducing effects of drugs, which is believed to be a catalyst for crimes, violence and other vices threatening national security.
Sub-Lieutenant HA Collins, anipr
Base Information Officer,
Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT