According to a report by Daily Nigerian, the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, on Thursday said that the navy intercepted 32.9kg of cocaine wrapped in 30 slabs aboard Motor Vessel, MV, Chayanee Naree on Wednesday. The people aboard the arrested vessel are 22 crew members who were mostly from Thailand.
The navy has done a great service to the country by apprehending these criminals who want to ship cocaine into Nigeria. A harmful substance that can make any addicted individual be affected with a neurological disorder such as madness and so on. Apart from this, people who inhale hard drugs like cocaine usually commit crimes due to the influence of drug abuse or addiction.
That is why Nigerian law is very stringent about the importation and exportation of hard drugs such as cocaine. Anybody caught trafficking hard drugs in Nigeria is liable to 10 years plus imprisonment with hard labor. In some countries of the world, such as Thailand that these criminals came from, drug traffickers can be subjected to the death penalty or life imprisonment. Some Nigerians who have been caught doing drug trafficking in such countries have been sentenced to death.
With the arrest of these drug traffickers, there is a need for more security on our water bodies. Although the Nigerian Navy is doing just that, with the acquisition of more patrol vessels and boats that go round our waterways to protect ships and the country throughout the gulf of Guinea against pirates and other criminals on water. More equipment should be procured to secure Nigeria because it is the sea that most arm and hard drug smugglers used in perpetuating their evil.
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