NDLEA Intercepts Over 64 Tonnes of Laughing Gas in Nigeria

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria has intercepted over 64,863.5 kilogrammes of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. The substance has become a popular recreational drug, leading to concerns about its impact on public health. 

According to a statement by the NDLEA's spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the agency's operatives at the Apapa seaport in Lagos intercepted two containers suspected to contain cartons of nitrous oxide imported from China. The containers were jointly examined by NDLEA officers, Customs Service personnel, and other stakeholders, leading to the discovery of 522 cartons of nitrous oxide, weighing 64,852 kilogrammes. The importer of the consignment and his agent were arrested for further investigation.

In a related development, NDLEA operatives intercepted three cartons containing 18 canisters of the same substance in Imo state, and the owner of the shipment was arrested in a follow-up operation in Elekahia, Port Harcourt. 

NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men involved in the operations and stated that the agency's crackdown on the illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide will continue nationwide to protect young Nigerians from the harmful effects of abusing the substance. He equally commended the cooperation of other sister security agencies and stakeholders towards achieving the set objective.

The interception of such a significant quantity of nitrous oxide highlights the scale of the challenge facing law enforcement agencies in tackling the menace of illegal drugs and drug trafficking in Nigeria. The NDLEA's continued efforts to curb the illegal sale and use of the substance are expected to help safeguard public health and prevent the spread of drug abuse in the country.