The Court has approved the detention of the ship,MV Chayaneenaree used to import 32.9kg of cocaine into Nigeria alongside 29 suspects.
This followed the approval of the application by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The NDLEA had applied for the interim attachment of the vessel, MV Chayaneenaree used to import 32.9 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria through the Apapa seaport in Lagos. Beside the attachment order, the court also granted NDLEA’s request to detain the Master of the ship, Mr. Tanahan Krilerk and 21 foreign crewmembers as well as seven Nigerians arrested in connection to the case.
The anti-narcotic Agency had on October 13 intercepted the ship at the Apapa seaport following intelligence from international partners and support from other security forces such as the Nigerian Navy, Customs, DSS and the police. A thorough search of the ship led to the recovery of 30 parcels containing cocaine, which weighed 32.9kg.
Investigations into the seizure have been yielding more arrests of suspected local collaborators .
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) on Tuesday 26th directed that an application to attach the ship and detain the suspects for two weeks pending conclusion of investigation and filing of criminal charges against suspects be filed in court.
The case has been adjourned till 25th November, 2021 for report of investigation.