Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro,in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria,Abuja. The Operation was carried out in a joint operation with men of the Department of State Services, DSS to stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink, about 200 persons were rounded up.
About 200 attendees including three young ladies who organised the hemp party were arrested and being profiled and interviewed, while bottles of the new drink have been taken for lab analysis.
The hotel was raided at about 8:18pm on Wednesday 20th April following actionable intelligence that some youths were planning to hold a hemp party at the hotel. Large quantities of cannabis sativa were recovered from the pockets and bags of those arrested at the hemp party.
NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, described the party as audacious and no doubt, part of attempts by some elements to create a drug subculture in the Nigerian social space. He assured that the NDLEA will continue to work with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure abuse of illicit substances was not allowed to get entrenched in the country under any guise.