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Fake police officer, soldier, 661 others arrested in NDLEA raids

By Bertram Nwannekanma
18 October 2021   |   4:00 am
A suspected fake police officer and soldier were among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested during raids by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country.

Some of the suspects arrested in Lagos raids

A suspected fake police officer and soldier were among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested during raids by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)  in notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country.
   
NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in a statement, yesterday said, the exercise also saw the seizure and destruction of assorted illicit drugs weighing over 153, 256.876 kilogrammes.
  
He said: “In Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in the Mushin area of the state was on Friday, October 15 raided by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code named: ‘Operation Still Waters.’ No less that 27 suspects were arrested, while various drugs such as cocaine, heroin, tramadol, Rohypnol and cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized.
 


“A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state, where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized.

“This followed another raid of Alhaji Lasisi street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in Oshodi-Isolo area of the state, during which 12 suspects were arrested and over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered.
 
“In Ogun State, operatives on Friday, October 15, intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue State, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs.

This came on the heels of the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Abel John along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on Wednesday, October 13.
  
In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf, who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis.
 


Three suspects were arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku village, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State, where over 64kg drugs were recovered on Wednesday, October 13.
 
In Ekiti State, NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun L.G.A, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilogrammes of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days. The operation, which began on Tuesday continued till Sunday, October 17.
  
In raids across other states in the country, no fewer than 615 suspects were arrested and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilograms recovered.
 
While commending officers and men of the Lagos State Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them not to rest on their oars.
 
He called for continued collaboration between the agency and other stakeholders, especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.