NDLEA arrests 50-year-old suspect behind Ghana-bound 11.913kg cocaine
• Intercepts 1.9million tablets of tramadol, codeine at Lagos airport
Operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested one Oyewunmi Ademola Ahmed, suspected to be one of the kingpins behind the attempt to smuggle 11.93 kilogrammes of cocaine to Accra, Ghana, through the Seme land border, Lagos.
The 50-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday, March 15 at Mile 2 area of Lagos, after a series of follow up operations following the arrest of a driver, Osagie Anthony with the 11.913kg cocaine at Gbaji, Seme-Badagry Expressway on January 23.
Also, the antinarcotic agency has seized over 1.9 million tablets of tramadol and codeine imported into the country from Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK) through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday, said of the total seizures, 40 cartons of Co-Codamol, a brand of Paracetamol with codeine, which is classified as opioid, were seized from a freight agent, Eraikhueme Ehis.
The consignment came from London, UK as a consolidated cargo through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) import shed of the airport.
The seizure made on Thursday, March 10, he said, translates to 349, 800 tablets weighing 336kg, while the consolidated cargo was declared as personal effects, but was discovered to contain some medicaments.
IN the same vein, about 1, 584,000 tablets of tramadol were recovered on Tuesday, March15 by NDLEA operatives in collaboration with Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Customs personnel at the airport.
The seizure includes 17 cartons of 250mg tramadol branded as “Tamra” weighing 669.70kg and five cartons of 225mg Tramadol under the brand name “Royal” with a gross weight of 217.15kg.
According to Babafemi, the psychotropic substance, which was imported into the country from Pakistan was smuggled through the airport tarmac using one of the vehicles of SAHCO and was intercepted at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Personnel Yard.
Two suspects; Ofijeh John Mova, a SAHCO driver and Nyam Gazu Alex, who is a security guard with the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) were arrested in connection with the seizure.
ON Monday, March 14, a total of 2,160 tablets of Co-codamol weighing 1.95kg and 240 tablets of tramadol were also intercepted in a consolidated cargo from the UK at the SAHCO import shed of the airport.
Follow up operations led to the arrest of the importer of the consignment, Omonijo Temidayo the following day, Tuesday, March 15.
SIMILARLY, follow up operations also led to the arrest of Hajiya Mariam Saliu in Edo State on Monday, March 14 after investigations uncovered her as the brain behind an attempt to export 1.55kg cannabis to Dubai through the Lagos airport on March 5.
IN Kwara State, the agency also arrested a drug dealer, Hope John, 30, on Saturday, March 19 at Goodness area of Offa, with different quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine, designer drug and cocaine.
MEANWHILE, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended officers and men of the MMIA, Kwara and Seme Border Commands for their commitment, dedication to duty and maintaining cordial working relationships with other stakeholders in their areas of responsibility.