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12 APAPA DOCK WORKERS DETAINED BY NDLEA OVER N9.5BN COCAINE SHIPMENT.

12 dockworkers at the Apapa seaport in Lagos have been detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), following an alleged link to the importation of 32.9 kilograms of cocaine worth over N9.5 billion in street value.

NDLEA made the announcement on Saturday November 13, revealing that a Federal High Court in Lagos granted its application for the interim attachment of a vessel MV Chayanee Naree used to import the 32.9 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria through the Apapa seaport.

The court also granted NDLEA’s request to detain the Master of the ship, Mr. Tanahan Krilerk and 21 foreign crew members as well as the dockworkers arrested in connection to the case.

It was gathered that the anti-narcotic Agency on October 13 intercepted the ship at the Apapa seaport, following intelligence from international partners and support from other security forces such as the Nigerian Navy, Customs, DSS and the police. A thorough search of the ship led to the recovery of 30 parcels containing cocaine, which weighed 32.9kg. 

The agency first filed an application to detain those arrested on Thursday 28th October, and it was granted the following day Friday 29th October by Hon. Justice A.O. Awogboro.

An application to renew the remand order was also filed on Friday 12th November because of the volume of evidence coming out from the cooperation of the suspects in custody.

The NDLEA which revealed that it had to make a clarification following claims by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria that some of its members are being detained unlawfully by the Agency, added that out of the total number of 18 dockworkers initially being interviewed by operatives, six of them with no sufficient evidence linking them to the crime had been released while 12 others with significant links are cooperating with ongoing investigation.

The agency first filed an application to detain those arrested on Thursday 28th October, and it was granted the following day Friday 29th October by Hon. Justice A.O. Awogboro.

An application to renew the remand order was also filed on Friday 12th November because of the volume of evidence coming out from the cooperation of the suspects in custody.

The NDLEA which revealed that it had to make a clarification following claims by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria that some of its members are being detained unlawfully by the Agency, added that out of the total number of 18 dockworkers initially being interviewed by operatives, six of them with no sufficient evidence linking them to the crime had been released while 12 others with significant links are cooperating with ongoing investigation.

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