NDLEA arrests grandma, others over two tonnes of illicit drugs
Intercepts Meth, skunk consignments concealed in tomato pastes, clothes at Lagos airport
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 60-year-old grandma, Mrs Eunice Egwehide, while raiding the house of one Amuodu Egwehide, in Okpuje, Owan West Local Council of Edo State last Thursday.
The Guardian learnt that 22 bags of skunk, weighing 261.4kgs, were allegedly recovered during the raid, while 17kgs of the same substance was seized from Mrs Egwehide.
Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, confirmed yesterday that operatives also stormed Ekudo forest in Onwude Local Council of Edo State, where they destroyed cannabis farms measuring 4.236347 hectares.
Meanwhile, the agency has intercepted consignments of skunk concealed in tins of tomato paste and methamphetamine hidden in used clothes, meant for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
While the skunk in tomato pastes consignment weighing 20.00 kilogrammes, was intercepted last Friday at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, the meth shipment, with a gross weight of 1.60kg was seized at a courier company in Lagos.
Another consignment of 556 grams of Canadian Loud, sent from Canada to one Tunji Adebayo in Ikorodu, Lagos, was also intercepted by officials of the NDLEA’s Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI), attached to courier firms.
Though Adebayo was not home when operatives visited his house at 52, Aina Atoloye street, Ikorodu, he, however, directed his younger brother to sign for the package on his behalf. The brother was promptly arrested.
Also, NDLEA operatives on Monday, September 4, raided the enclave of a notorious drug lord in Akala, Mushin, Lagos, Abdul Rauf (a.k.a ‘Na God’) where 1,101kgs of Ghanaian Loud were recovered, and three suspects arrested, while the wanted kingpin remains at large.
In Kogi, 22-year-old Agada Emmanuel was arrested with 77.400kgs cannabis last Thursday, along Okene – Lokoja – Abuja expressway, while a total of 369,980 pills of opioids were also recovered on the same road on Monday, September 4, and the suspect linked to the seizure, Kabiru Ahmad Abdullahi arrested in a follow-up operation in Gombe State.
No fewer than 399 pieces of improvised explosive devices were recovered by NDLEA operatives from one Asana Oluwagbenga Leke, along Mokwa-Jebba road last Thursday.
In his statement, the suspect said the explosives were handed to him at a park in Ibadan to be delivered to someone in Kaduna. The suspect and exhibits have since been transferred to the military authorities in Niger State.
In Ogun State, a follow-up operation led to the arrest of Yinka Azeez at Sabo, Lafenwa, Abeokuta, on Tuesday, September 5, following the seizure of 41kgs cannabis from Titilayo Adetayo at Sagamu Interchange the previous day.
At least, two suspects: Muhammad Aliyu, 38, and Abdullah Zakariya, 40, were arrested on Zaria-Kano Road, and Haye Arewa, Hotoro, Kano, respectively, over 426.5 kilogrammes of skunk seized from them on Tuesday, September 5.
While Onyeka Uzor, 25, was arrested at Idemili, Anambra State, with 64.8kgs skunk and tramadol, another suspect, Destiny Irabor, was nabbed on Friday, September 8, with over 180kgs of opioids loaded in his Toyota Sienna bus.
In Kaduna, two suspects: Ahmed Yusuf and Rilwan Nurawere arrested along Abuja Road last Wednesday, for being in possession of 100 blocks of cannabis weighing 55kg.
Also, a suspect, Gapchiya Modu, was arrested with 60kgs of cannabis along Kano-Nguru Road, Nguru, Yobe State, while in Imo State, 200 blocks of the same substance, weighing 57kgs, were recovered from Usim Orji, 45, along Aba-Owerriroad on Wednesday, September 6.
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