Ndlea Thwarts Major Drug Trafficking Attempts At Lagos Airport

NDLEA Thwarts Major Drug Trafficking Attempts at Lagos Airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted illicit drug consignments at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos. The agency’s Directorate of Operations and General Investigations led the operation.

The drugs were concealed in various items. They were intended for export by transnational drug trafficking organisations.

Spokesman Femi Babafemi confirmed the seizure. He revealed that the drugs included skunk and methamphetamine.

An intending passenger to Oman was caught with 7.50 kilograms of skunk. The drugs were hidden in crayfish mixed with dry, bitter leaves.

In a similar operation, 2.9 kilograms of skunk and 14 grams of methamphetamine were seized. These were concealed in bags of semovita and ladies’ high heel shoes.


The recent drug bust by the NDLEA at MMIA is a commendable feat. It showcases the agency’s vigilance in combating drug trafficking.

However, the incident raises questions about the effectiveness of airport security measures. Are current protocols sufficient to deter drug trafficking?

The use of everyday items to conceal drugs is alarming. It suggests that traffickers are becoming increasingly creative. How can the NDLEA stay ahead of these evolving tactics?

The operation also led to the discovery of five pregnant teenage girls suspected of being victims of child trafficking. This adds another layer of complexity to the issue. How can the NDLEA and other agencies collaborate to tackle drug and human trafficking?

Did You Know?

  • NDLEA was established in 1989 and is tasked with eliminating the growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking of hard drugs.
  • Skunk is a potent strain of cannabis that is often associated with more severe health risks than other types.
  • Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, is a potent central nervous system stimulant mainly used as a recreational drug.
  • Murtala Muhammed International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa, handling over 7 million passengers annually.
  • Nigeria is considered a major transit country for drug trafficking, with drugs often destined for European and North American markets.


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