NDLEA freezes 600 accounts, seizes 249 luxury cars of drug barons between January 2021 and August 2022.
It stated that the forfeited assets of drug barons consisted of 249 exotic cars and 37, all scattered across the country.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says that no fewer than 286 assets and 600 bank accounts of drug barons have been seized between January 2021 and August 2022.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a document made available to Punch on Tuesday, said the assets consisted of 249 luxury cars and 37 mansions.
In the document, NDLEA said it was faced with the “overwhelming task of drug control in a country with an exceptionally high prevalence of drug use of 14.4 per cent.”
Explaining the seizures by the agency in the last 20 months, Babafemi said 286 assets were confiscated and 600 bank accounts were frozen.
He stated that the assets of drug barons consisted of “249 exotic vehicles seized and 37 properties forfeited, all scattered across the country.”
The NDLEA also indicated that it seized N871.53m worth of illegal drug funds between January 2021 and August 2022.
It explained that N619.12m was recorded as final illegal drug funds forfeiture and N252.41m as interim forfeiture. The agency grouped this under its drug supply reduction effort where it revealed that it arrested 18,940 suspected drug traffickers from January 2021 to July 2022.
Under its drug supply reduction efforts, it stated :
“Assets and financial investigation: Illicit drug funds that were investigated and seized include Final Forfeiture―
(i.) One million, three hundred and nineteen thousand, four hundred dollars ($1,319,400)
(ii.) One hundred and two thousand pounds (£102,000)
(iii.) Fourteen million CFA Francs (CFA 14, 000, 000) ― and Interim forfeiture―Two hundred and fifty-two million, forty hundred and seven thousand, seven hundred and twenty-six-naira, twenty Kobo, (N252,407,726.20).”
Source Credit : Punch