The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced that its operatives recorded a total of 5,377.125 kilograms of drugs impounded at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, in 2018.
The total number of the impounded drugs represented over 400 Percent increase which was increased to that of 2017.
The MMIA commandant, Ahmadu Garba, who disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday, said, the agency was able to record such increase as a result of the training acquired by the officials of NDLEA to identify suspects, the cooperation of airlines and a significant increase in the number of tramadols seized at the airport.
“We were able to make this huge success in 2018 as a result of the cooperation by foreign airline.
” Every year, we look at the airlines with the highest number of people that are arrested and liaise with them on how to address the issue of drug trafficking “.
Top destination of drug couriers arrested includes Nigeria, South African, Indonesia, DR Congo, India, Mozambique, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia, among others.
30.14 percent of the suspected drug couriers arrested during the year were coming into Nigeria and the remaining 69.89 percent were destined to different countries of the world with 13.70 percent of them going to South African, which has the highest numbers, Garba said