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Hemp Party: NDLEA seals off Abuja hotel, arrests 200 persons

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Hemp Party: NDLEA seals off Abuja hotel, arrests 200 persons

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced on Thursday that over 200 people had been arrested after the anti-narcotics agency sealed off a hotel in Abuja for hosting a hemp party.

The arrest was made on Wednesday, according to NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi, following a raid on Diplomatic Suites in the Asokoro area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Illicit substances were discovered during the raid, according to him, and the organizers of the cannabis party, as well as attendees, were arrested and are currently in custody.

The statement by Babafemi read: “Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have raided and sealed Diplomatic Suites Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja, 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 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 lab analysis.

“The hotel was raided at about 8:18 pm on Wednesday, 20th April, 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 subculture 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.”

Hemp Party: NDLEA seals off Abuja hotel, arrests 200 persons

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