NDLEA intercepts N567m UK-bound meth
•Arrests suspect, seals Lekki mansion
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a large consignment of methamphetamine concealed in powdered custard containers as part of a consolidated cargo going to London, United Kingdom (UK) at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.
The illicit drug consignment weighing 30.10 kilogrammes with a street value of N567 million was detected and seized by NDLEA operatives at the airport on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.
Spokesperson for the Agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the recovery was followed by series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of a freight agent, Nwobodo Chidiebere; a female suspect, Chioma Lucy Akuta and ultimately the drug lord behind the shipment, Charles Chinedu Ezeh, who was arrested at Sotel Suites, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos on Thursday, May 18, 2023.
According to him, Ezeh claims he’s a businessman and deals in articles in Onitsha, Anambra State, but investigations revealed he lived with his wife and children in London until December 10, 2022, when he fled to Nigeria after his involvement in a drug related offence in the UK.
Though he claimed to have been living in hotels since his return to Nigeria last December, operatives were, however, able to locate his mansion at No. 1 Hawawu Abikan Street, Lekki, on Friday, May 19, 2023, where a search was conducted and his travel and property documents among others were recovered.
ALSO, NDLEA operatives in Adamawa on Monday, May 15, 2023, arrested a 32-year-old notorious drug dealer, Prince Ikechukwu Uzoma, in the Mubi area of the state with one kilogramme of skunk.
Ikechukwu had twice been arrested in the past, and convicted for the same offence. He was in 2017 sentenced to six months imprisonment and in 2019, he was again sent to two years jail term.
In the same vein, a trans-border trafficker, Faisal Mohammed, 27, was on Wednesday, May 17, arrested in Mubi following the interception of a truck from Onitsha, Anambra State, where a total of 2,376 sachets of tramadol comprising 23,760 pills were found concealed in three blue rubber jerrycans, which were hidden underneath the body part of the trailer. The suspect admitted the opioid was to be taken to Cameroon.
In Oyo State, two suspects: Osas Susan, 35, and Thomas Biodun, 23, were arrested at Igbon, Gambari in Ogbomoso North Local Council with 2.13kg Cannabis, while Idris Muhammed, 55, was nabbed with 4,500 pills of tramadol when a commercial bus conveying him and other passengers was stopped and searched along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Similarly, Bulus Mikah, 63, was arrested at Kafanchan, Kaduna State with over 5kg opioids including tramadol, diazepam, rohypnol and exol-5, just as a total of 965kg Cannabis was seized from Shehu Muhammadu Dandare, 25, at Maraban Jos, in Igabi Local Council of the state.
While 552kg Cannabis was recovered from a warehouse in a bush when operatives stormed and destroyed 1.5 hectares of cannabis farm in Uhodoua forest, Esan South East Local Council of Edo State, 10 suspects were arrested with a total of 5.587kg Cannabis sativa, 144.4grammes of methamphetamine and 48,260 capsules of tramadol in different parts of Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, May 19, 2023.
In Kwara, two suspects: Mohammed Isa, 47 and Mohammed Haman, 36, were arrested on Friday, May 19 along Ilorin/Lagos road in a commercial bus on their way to Maiduguri, Borno State with 6kg Cannabis, 50 gramme of methamphetamine and 20 pieces of military camouflage caps and uniforms.
The same day, operatives in Jigawa State nabbed one Ibrahim Abdullahi, 53, with 120kg Cannabis at Sara town in Gwaram Local Council.
Not less than 628 bottles of new psychoactive substances, skuchies when operatives raided a drug joint at Idanre where four suspects were arrested.
They include: Olamide Olusola, 26; Abiodun Tijjani, 21; Fatope Temidayo, 29; Agba Obi, 30 and Olafisoye Festus, 26.
In the same vein, a suspect, Kayode Hakeem, 22, was arrested at Hawan Dawaki, Kano with 293 blocks of Cannabis weighing 211.6kg.
MEANWHILE, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the officers and men of MMIA Command for their professionalism and speed with which they were able to track and arrest another drug kingpin, Ezeh Chinedu Charles.
He charged them and their colleagues in Adamawa, Oyo, Kaduna, Edo, Kwara, Jigawa, Ondo and Kano as well as those in other Commands and formations across the country not to rest on their oars.