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Nigerian Navy Seizes N29 Billion Worth of Cannabis in Remarkable Drug Bust

The Nigerian Navy has achieved a significant victory in its ongoing fight against maritime criminal activities, as it successfully intercepted and confiscated a massive haul of cannabis. With an estimated value of N29 billion, the illegal substance was seized during an operation enabled by the cutting-edge Falcon Eye maritime awareness domain facility technology.

Commodore Kolawale Oguntuga, Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, revealed the operation’s details during a press conference held in Apapa. The interception occurred in the early hours of July 3 near Ibeju Lekki, where the Falcon Eye detected the illicit transfer of cannabis from boats to land.

In response to the detection, both water and land patrol teams swiftly sprang into action to prevent the criminals from escaping. Faced with the Navy’s presence, the perpetrators fled, leaving behind over 200 bags of cannabis. Each bag weighed approximately 50kg, resulting in a total seizure of 10,000kg of the illegal drug.

Commodore Oguntuga emphasized that due process would be followed as the confiscated cannabis is handed over to the appropriate agency. Stringent protocols will be observed to ensure the proper handling of the illicit substance. The commander issued a stern warning to those involved in such criminal activities, emphasizing that the Navy, under the leadership of Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, is resolute in ensuring their punishment.

Commodore Oguntuga expressed his gratitude for the unwavering support provided by Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, acknowledging the Chief of Naval Staff’s commitment to creating a crime-free nation.

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