Defence & Security

NDLEA, DSS raid, seal Abuja hotel over launch of psychoactive drink

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Operatives of the National Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and men of the Department of State Service (DSS) in a joint operation have raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja, in a bid to stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink The Trumpet gathered.

The Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this on Thursday, said the raid took place around 8:18 pm on Wednesday following intelligence. He added that about 200 attendees, which include three young ladies that organised the hemp party are being profiled.

He said, “About 200 attendees including three young ladies who organised the hemp party are currently being profiled and interviewed while bottles of the new drink have been taken for lab analysis.

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“The hotel was raided at about 8:18 pm on Wednesday 20th April following actionable intelligence that some youths were planning to hold a hemp party at the hotel. Quantities of Cannabis Sativa were recovered from the pockets and bags of those arrested at the hemp party.

“The audacious party no doubt is part of attempts by some elements to create a drug subculture in the Nigerian social space.

“The NDLEA will however continue to work with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure abuse of illicit substances is not allowed to get entrenched in the country under any guise.”

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