The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, in carrying out its’ constitutional right to safe guard the nation’s maritime domain, has with the operation WATER GUARD, intercepted a large wooden boat laden with a total of 193 bags of cannabis sativa, weighing about 7,443 kilograms and one suspect, Asamani Emmanuel along the Badagry waterways.

The Commander of NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Rafiu Taye Oladejo made this disclosure, while briefing newsmen, that the contraband was intercepted by the NNS BEECROFT patrol team on Saturday, 16 March 2024 through effective utilization of the Nigerian Navy Maritime Domain Awareness facilities, Falcon Eye Alignment and Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Centre as well as the use of human intelligence.

Commodore RT Oladejo explained that the effort was sequel to the Strategic Directive of Chief of the naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, to maintain credible presence along rhe Lagos waterways and adjoining creeks to rid the maritime environment of all forms of crime and criminality. He also warned peddlers of illicit drugs to desist from such acts as NNS BEECROFT will not rest on its oars to pursue all criminal elements operating within its area of operation.

The successful arrest of the large quantity of narcotics, underscores the unwavering commitment of NNS BEECROFT to curtailing spread and use of illicit drugs among the teeming youth which negatively affect their health and threaten national security.

The arrested narcotics and the suspect were handed over to the officials of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Marine Command, today 26th
March, 2024 for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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