The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday handed over three suspects arrested with a boat conveying 559 kilogrammes of cannabis to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Commodore Maurice Eno, Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft, handed over the suspects and exhibits in Lagos.
Eno said that the three suspects were apprehended with the cannabis during routine patrol.
Eno said, “The boat was conveying three men and 11 packages of substance suspected to be cannabis’’.
“The three suspects, along with the exhibits, are now being handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation and possible prosecution,” he said.
Eno said the navy would continue to patrol the waters to ensure a secure environment for law abiding citizens.
Mr Isiaka Lawal, who received the suspects and exhibits on behalf of the NDLEA, commended the effort of the navy at reducing criminality to the barest minimum in the nation’s waters.
Lawal, who confirmed the exhibit as cannabis weighing 559kg, said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.
In a related development, the navy also paraded five suspects and a fishing trawler, FT Stephanie, they apprehended around Ikare waterways in Lagos for engaging in illegal fishing.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the fishing permit of the vessel has expired and had no permit to fish in the Nigerian waters.
“In line with the standard practice, the suspects are now being handed over to the Federal Department of Fishery for investigation,’’ Eno said.
Eno warned perpetrators of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities to desist, saying that there was no hiding place for them in his area of operation.
He advised the public to be vigilant and report anyone involved in criminal activities to appropriate security agencies for necessary action.
Eno restated the resolve of the NNS BECROFT to tackle all forms of criminalities in the area of operation.