NDLEA Nabs 3 with 64,863kg of Laughing Gas [photos]

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has revealed that it arrested 3 suspects with 64,863kg of Nitrous Oxide popularly known as “laughing gas”.

The suspects and substance were said to be intercepted at the Apapa seaport in Lagos and in Imo state.

Recall the NDLEA boss Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) had directed all commands and formations of the Agency to clampdown on illegal sale and use of the gas.

The agency has also fainted celebrities for glamorizing the use of the deadly substance.


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The statement reads:

NDLEA intercepts 64,863kg ‘laughing gas’ consignments at Lagos port, Imo Arrests 3 suspects


Barely 24 hours after the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) directed all commands and formations of the Agency to begin an immediate clampdown on illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas following its abuse by people who use it for recreational purposes, operatives have intercepted over 64, 863.5 kilogram consignments of the gaseous substance at the Apapa seaport in Lagos and in Imo state.

Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives at the papa seaport on Wednesday 12th July intercepted two containers marked MSKU 7626856 and MSKU 7689448 suspected to contain cartons of Nitrous oxide and plastic pressure release nozzles imported from China. As a result, a joint examination of the containers was carried out by NDLEA officers, men of the Customs Service and other stakeholders the following day, Thursday 13′ July.


During the search of the two containers, a total of 522 cartons of Nitrous Oxide, containing 16,366 packages weighing 64,852kgs were recovered along with the paraphernalia for recreational use. The importer of the consignment, 30-year-old Stephen Eze and his agent, Michael Chukwuma were thereafter arrested and detained for further investigation.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Owerri – Onitsha expressway in Imo state on Thursday 13 July intercepted three cartons containing 18 canisters of the same substance weighing 11.5kg heading to Port Harcourt, Rivers State. A swift follow up operation was conducted in the stadium road area of Elekahia, Port Harcourt same day leading to the arrest of the owner of the shipment, 24-year-old Tonye Kallo

While commending the officers and men of the Apapa Port, and their Imo state Command counterparts for being pro-active and swift, Marwa said the clampdown on illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide will continue nationwide to protect young Nigerians from the devastating effects of abusing the substance and in the overall interest of public health. He commended the cooperation of other sister security agencies and stakeholders towards achieving the set objective.


Femi Babafemi

Director, Media & Advocacy


NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja

Friday 14th July 2023

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