Lagos police intercept container loaded with tramadol, codeine

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu

A 40-foot container loaded with drugs suspected to be Tramadol and codeine has been intercepted by the police in Apapa Area Command of Lagos State on Thursday.

The container was intercepted on water and taken to a bonded terminal in Apapa.

A team of officers from Customs and the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) joined the Area B Commander, Olasoji Akinbayo, for inspection.

Channels TV reports that the Area B Commander has recently intercepted similar imports and has transferred the case and two suspects to government prosecutors.

The latest intercepted container is expected to also be handed over to appropriate authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

On Tuesday, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, hinted that drug trafficking was one of the factors fueling insecurity across the country.

Drug addiction and trafficking were one of the major issues the Federal Executive Council, chaired by the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd), discussed at its last meeting, according to Monguno.

According to him, Nigeria has moved from a transit hub to a drug production centre.

He noted that 17 meth labs were recently shut down in the country and called for a wholesome national approach to stopping the drug menace.