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NDLEA warns Lagosians over poisonous waste from illegal drug factories

09 January 2014, 21:14

Lagos - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday warned that Lagos residents were being exposed to poisonous waste from some illegal methamphetamine factories in the state.

The Agency's spokesman,  Mitchel Ofoyeju, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that it discovered a total of six such clandestine drug manufacturing laboratories in Lagos in 2013.

The NDLEA spokesman said that one of such laboratories was also discovered in Anambra, while 12 suspected manufacturers were arrested nationwide in the year under review.

He said the agency believed the laboratories could be found in any location, either in the streets or estates within residential areas.

Ofoyeju, however, noted that such laboratories were not easily identifiable because a room in a complex could be converted into a laboratory.

The spokesman said that from the six laboratories discovered in Lagos, the illegal drug manufacturers were found to be in the habit of dumping the toxic waste carelessly, in front of houses.

Ofoyeju stated that such houses usually did not have sign posts, but chemical waste and coloured water could be easily seen in the drains around them.

He, therefore, called on members of the public to watch out for various ways of identifying clandestine laboratories.

Ofoyeju urged the public to be on the look out for foul smelling chemicals, as well as areas where individuals experienced skin irritations.

NAN reports that methamphetamine is a powerful addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.

The drug is not made for local abuse, but is usually exported to Asia, Europe, America and Southern Africa.



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