NDLEA arrests Brazil returnee with parcels of cocaine, others in powdered milk at Lagos airport
Nabs 16 suspects, seizes tons of narcotics in raids
A Brazil returnee, Nwadinobi Charles Uchemadu from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight, has been intercepted with parcels of cocaine concealed in different parts of a travel bag brought into Nigeria by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
Uchemadu was arrested on Monday, December 5, at the Lagos airport, during inward clearance of passengers on the Qatar airways flight following the discovery of three parcels of cocaine weighing 2.70 kilogrammes factory sealed in parts of his travel bag.
Spokesperson for Agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said NDLEA operatives equally intercepted cans of powdered milk, baby food and beverages used to conceal 3.4 kilogrammes of Cannabis sativa going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport same day.
According to Babafemi, a freight agent, Ewelike Chibuike Cyril, who presented the consignment for export was subsequently arrested.
In the same vein, parcels of Cannabis sativa weighing 6.30kgs concealed in sound systems (speakers) going to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea through the SAHCO export shed of the airport were also seized on Thursday, December 8, by NDLEA operatives, who initially arrested a freight agent, Joseph Obiji and later the following day, Friday, December 9, nabbed another agent, Mbanu Ifeanyi Andrew, in a follow up operation at Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA), market, Trade Fair complex, Ojo area of Lagos.
Also, 15 drug dealers, including two ladies were arrested with 1,400kgs of Cannabis sativa among other illicit substances such as heroin, methamphetamine, and 320 bottles of codeine syrup recovered from them during a raid of Akala notorious drug hub, in Mushin area of Lagos, on Friday, December 9.
Another raid of the popular Idumota business district of Lagos Island on Saturday, December 10, led to the seizure of 35,014 pills of tramadol, diazepam, rohypnol and 21.2 litres of codeine syrup while a targeted notorious dealer is still on the run.
This is even as officers of the Directorate of Seaports Operations of the Agency arrested a Malian, Dembele Ousmane on Monday, December 5, with 32,400 capsules of tramadol 225mg concealed in factory packed buckets of custard while attempting to travel to Mali via boat at Ebute -Ero Jetty in Lagos.
In Ondo State, operatives on Tuesday, December 6, stormed sharp corner, Ipele forest in Owo area of the state, where they arrested Rotimi Oyekan and Precious Aluju with Cannabis sativa weighing 903.3kgs, while another team of NDLEA officers arrested Babatunde Oluyara at Igbotako area of the state, with 168.5kgs of the same substance; 6kgs of monkey tail and various quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
In Kebbi State, two suspects: Austine Julius and Sale Yakubu were arrested on Sunday, December 4, along Yawuri-Kebbi road in a loaded Dyna Truck with 117 bags of Cannabis sativa weighing 1,070 kilogrammes concealed under bags of oranges.
The following day, Monday, December 5, another set of two suspects: Abdullahi Bala and Ibrahim Wade were intercepted along Koko- Kebbi road in a Dyna Truck loaded with 114 bags of the same substance weighing 1,140 kilogrammes concealed under crates of soft drinks.
A raid operation in Abbi town, Ndokwa West LGA, Delta State led to the arrest of a pregnant 30-year-old dealer, Aniekem Evelyn, with 1,161kgs of Cannabis sativa recovered from her warehouse.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Seaports Operations, Ondo, Delta and Kebbi state commands for the arrests and seizures of the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), urged them and their compatriots across other formations to intensify their efforts.