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NDLEA arrests Sokoto village head, 10 others over 991,320 opioid pills, 1, 251kg skunk

By Bertram Nwannekanma
31 October 2022   |   4:04 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested the village head of Gidan Abba in Bodinga Local Council of Sokoto State, Abubakar Ibrahim and 10 others arrested in interdiction operations...

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Intercepts 13.146kg cocaine in bathing soaps at Enugu airport, 33.491kg Meth, cocaine, heroin going to Spain
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (ND

LEA) have arrested the village head of Gidan Abba in Bodinga Local Council of Sokoto State, Abubakar Ibrahim and 10 others arrested in interdiction operations, in which 991,320 pills of pharmaceutical opioids and 1,251kgs of Cannabis sativa and khat were recovered.

The operatives also recovered 46.637 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin across seven states.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, NDLEA operatives attached to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) import shed, Lagos, on Wednesday, October 26 intercepted a total of 15 cartons containing 802,000 pills of tramadol imported from Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Karachi, Pakistan.

While 10 cartons of tramadol 225mg came in from Dubai on Ethiopian Airlines flight, four cartons of 100mg and a carton of 225mg tramadol came from Karachi, Pakistan on another Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said on the same day, operatives at the SAHCO export shed intercepted cans of tomato paste going to the United Kingdom.

A thorough search of the consignment, Babafemi said, revealed that tomato cans were used to conceal 36 pellets of Cannabis sativa with a gross weight of 21.30 kilogrammes, while a cargo agent, Sodehinde Akinwale was arrested in connection with the seizure.

On Friday, October 28, operatives attached to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), import shed of the Lagos airport seized five cartons of dried khat leaves, weighing 107.70kgs that came in from Bangkok, Thailand through Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.

A follow up operation on the seizure of 11.90kgs Meth concealed in the heads of dried fish going to Dubai, UAE on August 5 has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old bricklayer, Babatunde Quadri Mamowora on Thursday, October 27 in Sango Ota area of Ogun State, in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the area.

In the same vein, 27-year-old Madu Chukwuemeka Miracle was arrested by operatives at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu, on arrival from Nairobi, Kenya, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday, October 26. A search of his three bags revealed 76 foreign bathing soaps made with cocaine in one of the bags while another has two plastic bottles containing cream like liquid, which tested positive to cocaine.

The cocaine bars weigh 10.650 kilogrammes, while the liquid cocaine weighs 2.496 kilogrammes, bringing the total weight to 13.146 kilogrammes.

In Kogi State, NDLEA operatives on stop and search operation along Okene-Abuja highway on Thursday,  October 27, intercepted a Chisco branded bus coming from Lagos to Abuja with a consignment of 32.9kgs Meth packaged as tubers of yam; 376 grammes of cocaine and 215 grams of heroin. While the bus driver, Chief Pascal Chigozie Nmaram was promptly arrested, a follow up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of the recipient of the illicit cargo, Mr. Ikenna Jude Akunne who confessed he was detailed to travel with the consignment to Spain the following day, Friday, October 28 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

MEANWHILE, operatives have destroyed five hectares of Cannabis sativa farms at Agbonkete, Iyaya Camp, Igalamela/Odolu Local Council, where a suspect, Augustine Agbenyo, 34, was arrested with three sacks of both fresh and dried leaves and stems of the illicit substance.

While operatives seized 146,000 pills of tramadol 225mg in a buy and bust operation in Oshodi area of Lagos State on Tuesday, October 25, the village head of Gidan Abba village, in Bodinga Local Council of Sokoto State, Abubakar Ibrahim, 38, was arrested in Bodinga town same day with 3kgs of Cannabis sativa and 4,000 tablets of exol-5.

In the FCT, operatives on patrol along Kwali-Abuja highway on Monday, October 24,  intercepted a truck with 915.8kilogrammes of Cannabis sativa and arrested three suspects: Kabiru Ibrahim, 40; Muhammad Muawiyya, 30 and Adamu Adamu, 24.

In Adamawa State, operatives arrested two trans-border traffickers, Abdullahi Mamuda (aka Mama) and Aliyu Abdullahi (aka Garga) at Skylight Hotel in Jambutu, Yola North. A search of their vehicle, an ash coloured Toyota Corolla car marked: JMT 146 TE (Adamawa), revealed 39, 320 tablets of tramadol 225mg concealed in different compartments of the doors of the car.

Preliminary investigation shows the trans-border traffickers took off from Onitsha in Anambra State and travelled to Jimeta, Adamawa State where they lodged in the hotel before heading to Belel, a town along the Nigerian – Cameroon border where they would repackage the drugs as ordinary consumables and ferry across the river to Garoa in Cameroon.

On Friday,  October 28, NDLEA’s operatives in Ondo State stormed a two-bedroom building in Uso town, where they arrested one Okon Etim, 45, with 12 bags of Cannabis sativa weighing 207kgs.

REACTING to the strings of arrests and seizures in the past week across Kogi, Lagos, Sokoto, Adamawa, Ondo and the FCT as well as the MMIA and AIIA Commands, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of the various commands for their unrelenting commitment to the presidential mandate to clear Nigerian forests and communities of illicit drugs in whatever form.

He charged them to remain steadfast and upright at all times.

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