Lagos, Nigeria – In a significant operation under the ongoing Operation WATER GUARD, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT successfully intercepted 72 bags of cannabis sativa, each weighing 40 kilograms, in the Elegushi area of Lekki, Lagos State. The interception took place on June 5, 2024.

Commodore Rafiu Taye Oladejo, Commander of NNS BEECROFT, briefed the press on the successful operation. He credited the interception to the diligent efforts of the NNS BEECROFT Quick Response Team and the Deep Blue Assets of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Commodore Oladejo emphasized that the operation was facilitated by effective intelligence gathering and sustained presence in the Lagos waterways, in line with the objectives of Operation WATER GUARD.

This operation aligns with the Strategic Directive of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, who has been adamant about maintaining a robust presence along Lagos waterways and adjacent creeks to eradicate maritime crime. Commodore Oladejo issued a stern warning to those involved in the illicit drug trade, asserting that NNS BEECROFT would continue to aggressively pursue criminal elements in its jurisdiction.

The seizure of such a substantial quantity of cannabis sativa highlights NNS BEECROFT’s unwavering dedication to curbing the distribution and consumption of illegal drugs, which pose serious health risks to youths and jeopardize national security.

On June 25, 2024, the confiscated cannabis was handed over to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Marine Command for further investigation.

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