Court orders 14-day impoundment of ship with 32.9 kg of Cocaine in Apapa Port

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria has granted the application by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for the interim attachment of a vessel, MV Chayaneenaree used to import 32.9 kilogrammes of Cocaine into Nigeria through the Apapa Sea Port.

Besides the attachment order, the Court also granted NDLEA’s request to detain the master of the ship, Tanahan Krilerk, 21 foreign crew members as well as seven Nigerians arrested in connection to the case.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi.

The anti-narcotic Agency had on October 13 intercepted the ship at the Apapa Sea Port 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 32.9 kilogrammes.

Investigations into the seizure have been yielding more arrests of suspected local collaborators, as a result of which the Chairman of the Agency, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (Rtd) on Tuesday directed that an application to attach the ship and detain the suspects for two weeks pending the conclusion of investigation and filing of criminal charges against suspects be filed in court.

The application in suit no: FHC/L/CS/1518/2021, which was filed by the Agency’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Joseph Nbone Sunday on Thursday was granted the following day Friday by Justice A.O. Awogboro.

According to the court ruling, “An order of interim attachment is hereby granted the Federal Government of Nigeria over the vessel, MV Chayaneenaree used as an instrumentality of unlawful transportation and importation of 32.9 kilogrammes of Cocaine seized by the applicant aboard the vessel on October 13 at Apapa Port pending investigation and filing of the charge and prosecution.

“An order of remand is hereby further granted to the Applicant to remand the Master of the Vessel, Mr. Tanahan Krilerk and 21 other crew members of the said Vessel and 7 other persons arrested in connection with the case for a period of fourteen days pending investigation and or filing of a criminal charge.” The case was thereafter adjourned till November 25 for report of investigation.

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