The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja in a joint operation with the Department of State Services (DSS) to “stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink.”
NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi in a statement on Thursday said about 200 attendees including three young ladies who organised the party are 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. Quantities of cannabis sativa were recovered from the pockets and bags of those arrested at the hemp party,” the statement said.
Babafemi added that the NDLEA believes the party was part of attempts by some elements to create a “drug subculture in the Nigerian social space.”
The NDLEA assured it would 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.”