The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a laboratory producing a deadly illicit substance, Methamphetamine, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State, where already packaged sachets of the drug and various precursor chemicals used in the production were recovered.
The NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, made the disclosure via a statement issued on Sunday, June 11, 2023.
Babafemi revealed that the clandestine laboratory located at No. 4 Bode Oluwo Street, Mende, Maryland in Ikeja, was stormed by the anti-narcotics officers of the agency on Tuesday, June 6, after credible intelligence and surveillance confirmed the illicit substance was being produced in the duplex building.
He said at the end of the search, one kilogram of already produced and packaged methamphetamine, quantities of precursor chemicals, and other items used for the production of the deadly drug were recovered from the residence, adding that efforts were ongoing to apprehend the fleeing owner of the house.
The NDLEA spokesman stated that the officers of the anti-drug agency also arrested two suspects, Wasiu Saliu and Afolabi Banjo, on Monday, June 5, with 247 kilograms of skunk in the Oyingbo area of Lagos State.
Babafemi disclosed that another suspect, Tijani Damilola, was nabbed at the Isheri area of Lagos with 12.5 litres of skuchies and 98kg of cannabis sativa belonging to a fleeing suspect recovered at the Akerele area of Agege.
He said 12.5kg of the same substance was seized from Adebowale Babatunde after his arrest at Mushin, Lagos State, on Thursday, June 8.
Commending the NDLEA officers for the seizures and arrests, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), charged them and their counterparts across the country to remain vigilant and keep their focus on the corporate goal of the agency.