April 21, (THEWILL) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says its operatives in a joint operation with men of the Department of State Services (DSS), raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja, to stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink.
THEWILL had reported earlier that the Agency on Wednesday night raided the venue of a hemp (canabis) party, in Asokoro area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
One of the arrested suspects had tweeted earlier that they were over hundreds, arrested Wednesday night and detained by the agency.
In an update on the incident, Spokesperson of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, explained in a statement on Thursday 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 laboratory analysis.
“The hotel was raided at around 8:18.p.m on Wednesday, April 20, 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 sub-culture 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.”