NDLEA arrests 70-year-old woman, others for seized 6,586kg narcotics
Intercepts 7 12,385kg drugs smuggled into Lagos on waterways
Over 50 narcotic officers on Saturday seized 12,385 kilogrammes of Loud Cannabis, a strong variant of the illicit weed imported from a neighbouring country and smuggled into Lagos through the waterways.
According to the spokesperson of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi, the officers acted on credible intelligence that illicit drugs were brought in from the West African country through the ocean and ferried with boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island from where they would be distributed to drug hotspots such as Island, Peti Alagba and others across Lagos and other states.
The timely intervention of the officers at the beach, he said, led to the recovery of the consignments along with two long trucks, a Toyota Sienna bus and arrest of three suspects, namely, Abdulkadri Zakari, 24; Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.
In the same vein, a 70-year-old woman, Mrs. Beatrice Aigbedion was among suspects arrested in parts of Edo in connection with the seizure of over 5,000 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs across the state.
After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, November 24, stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Council of the state, where they recovered a total of 4,261.5kg of cannabis Sativa and a suspect, Ikong Stanley, was arrested.
The previous day, November 23, 1,240kg of illicit drugs was seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, Owan West Local Council of the state.
At the point of her arrest in Irrua last Wednesday, 70-year-old Mrs. Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol, while another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakponba- Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg.
Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday 25th Nov at Irrua, Esan Central LGA with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol.
In Delta State, operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances, while another dealer, Emeka Ben was nabbed with 4.7 grammes of Methamphetamine along Asaba – Ibusa road.
Other suspects arrested on Thursday, November 25, in the state for dealing in Meth, Cannabis, Cocaine, and Heroin, include Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika.
In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilogrammes of cannabis were recovered from him, while 466kg of same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo State but resident in Kano, who deals in Cannabis sativa.
On Thursday, November 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Borno State, Chima Obi was arrested in a follow-up operation following the seizure of his drug consignment, 73.2kg codeine, at an NDLEA checkpoint in Potiskum, Yobe State, the same day.
In his reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men involved in the operations and urged them along with their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars. He charged them to always strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency are fully achieved.