By Bukola Adetoye
Lagos – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, Lagos, has said that the percentage of illicit drug offenders it caught in 2019 increased by 8.6 per cent when compared to 2018.
The MMIA Special Area Commandant, Commander of Narcotics (CN) Ahmadu Garba, revealed the percentage increase in a chat with newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.
According to Garba, in 2019 the command arrested 101 drug offenders compared to 93 offenders arrested in 2018.
“In 2019, the 101 offenders arrested comprised 87 males and 14 females.
“Also in terms of percentage in gender, 86.14 per cent were males while 13.86 per were females,’’ the CN said.
Garba further said the number of seizures in 2019 was 76 compared to 73 recorded in 2018, representing 4.11 per cent rise.
The Commander said the total volume of substances seized from the offenders was 377. 86 kilograms in 2019.
“The substances included cocaine of 34.10 kg; Heroine of 21.72 kg; Cannabis Sativa of 168.92 kg; and Ephedrine of 24.14 kg among others,” he said.
Garba revealed that most of the offenders, no fewer than 19, were arrested on Ethiopia Airline.
According to him, 10 offenders were caught on British Airline, through Cargo, while seven offenders were caught on Emirates Airline, among others.
Garba, however, said the command was hopeful that there would be drastic reduction in drug trafficking inward and outward the country in 2020.
“The command has also developed robust partnership with other security outfits to ensure effective monitoring at the Airport.
He also appealed to the public to continue to provide credible information to the NDLEA to enable it to discharge its mandate.