How ‘fake security agents’ attacked NDLEA officers and rescued drug baron in Lagos



Suspected fake security operatives on Tuesday attacked officers of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) during an operation to seize a consignment of illicit drugs in Lagos.


The NDLEA officers were attacked while on a trail of a truck conveying illicit drugs known as ‘Canadian loud’ on Awolowo road, Ikoyi, Lagos state in the early hours of Tuesday.


In the process of intercepting the truck, gunmen who were escorting the truck opened fire on the NDLEA officers.


Speaking with TheCable on Wednesday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said soldiers from a nearby military hospital assisted the NDLEA officers to fight off the security agents.


Babafemi disclosed that the NDLEA seized the truck and drug assignment but the security operatives escaped with the suspected drug baron.


“It happened in the early hours of Tuesday at Awolowo road, Ikoyi, when our men were on a trail of a truckload of a drug consignment being smuggled into the country,” the NDLEA spokesperson said.


“In the process of intercepting the truck, some suspected fake security agents, who were obviously escorting the consignment emerged.


 “At that point, our officers had flagged down the vehicle and the truck driver refused to stop. They (NDLEA officers) overtook it and blocked it from moving further and that was the point these suspected fake security agents emerged and ordered the driver of the truck to overrun our men and their vehicles.


“Indeed the truck driver attempted to do that. The operational vehicle of men was badly damaged and then in the process, these suspected fake security agents started shooting. Their shooting attracted soldiers from a military hospital nearby who came and immediately reinforced our men.


“Shortly before that, our men had also called for reinforcement from other teams, when they saw the reinforcement from our men with the support of the soldiers, these suspected fake security agents took the drug suspect in their own vehicle and fled the scene, and we secured the truck, drug consignment and moved them to our office.”

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