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NDLEA nabs 110 drug dealers, dismantles joints in Lagos, Oyo, Kwara

By Bertram Nwannekanma
11 October 2021   |   3:50 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 110 drug dealers and assorted illicit substances seized in nine states across the country when their hideouts...

Some of the suspects arrested during the raid in Lagos

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 110 drug dealers and assorted illicit substances seized in nine states across the country when their hideouts were raided, dismantled in the past week.
Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday said 16 suspects were arrested in Lagos, on Thursday,  October 7, 2021 during a raid of notorious drug joints in Maza Maza, Alakija, Festac town, Amuwo Odofin, Oluti, Isheri roundabout, and Igando.
The suspects include, Lucky Elibe; Abdullahi Jabir; Amos Kalli; Nweke ThankGod; Tukwosi Arowolu; Odinaka Oramu; Jeremiah Ishaya; Maxwell John; Usman Garba; Christian Okibe; Mba Peter; Sarah Offiri; Wasiu Adeniji; Bode Olaitan; Yetunde Ahmed; and Abdullahi Jibril.

Seven others arrested in different locations in Lekki area of the state, are; Emmanuel Sunday; Buhari Ibrahim; Kudus Taiwa; Samuel Jeremiah; Adebayo Adams; Joshua Madube and Mary Jane Nweke.
While one Okoropo Mathew was arrested in Obalende area of the state, four others, Sulaiman Hammadu; Olalekan Abiodun; Lukman Kamarudeen and Toyeeb Isa were arrested in Agege area of Lagos.
Similarly, 17 suspects arrested by men of the 149 Battalion (Rear), Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ojo, were transferred to the agency for further investigation.
Seized from the suspects are different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, Diazepam, Cannabis and other psychoactive substances.
In Benue, an arrest of a  19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir with 5.5kg Cannabis and 112grammes of Diazepam on Wednesday, October 6 in Aliade area of the state, took a disturbing twist when members of her cartel abducted a retired NDLEA personnel from that community, who they assumed was still a serving officer, took him to a forest and demanded for the release of the suspect in custody before their victim would be freed.
Also, the raid of the house of a drug kingpin in Ruga area of Mararaba, Karu L.G.A, in Nasarawa led to the recovery of 30 bags of cannabis weighing 362.5kg ,while in Akwa Ibom State, three male suspects were arrested on Wednesday, October 6 during a raid of drug joints in Oron area with over 25 kilogrammes of drugs seized.
In Ondo, a notorious drug dealer at Ogbani-Oja Okitipupa, Okitipupa L.G.A, Adedugba Adeyemi, also known as Oyinbo, was arrested in his fortified den, where different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin and Skunk were recovered.
Seven suspects were  also arrested in some drug joints in other parts of the state, including Shasha market, Akure North L.G.A; Asolo camp, Usho, Owo L.G.A; Albert Link Street, Finger Licking hotel and Shittu street, all in Akure, the state capital.
In Kano, one Shamsuddeen Muhammad was arrested with 21.6kg cannabis, well concealed inside empty cartons, while in Oyo State, 12 persons were arrested at drug joints raided and dismantled across the state. Some of the destroyed black spots include, Alfa area, Sabo motor park, Idisin Ijeru area, Odo Oba, Gambari in Oyo area; Igboro joint in Saki town, Agberele forest joint in Saki west L.G.A; Ago Are market in Atisbo L.G.A; Eleyele motorpark, Eleyele forest, Apete complex, Sabo garage, Ojoo, all in Ibadan as well as Odo Oba, Ogo Oluwa L.G.A.
In Kwara, 38 suspects were arrested and 29.585kg assorted drugs including Cocaine, Meth, Tramadol, Diazepam and others recovered from them across seven drug joints in Lafiagi.
In Rivers, three persons were arrested from drug joints in Oyigbo and Kara oil mill area of the state on Saturday, October 9.
Relatively, narcotic officers in the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations (DOGI), of the agency, have intercepted in four courier firms in Lagos, more than 5kilogrammes of Methamphetamine and Cannabis concealed in soles of ladies shoes, body cream and auto spare parts heading to Australia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.
In his reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the nine state Commands for taking the battle to the doorsteps of the drug cartels within the communities and in the forests.
He said their contributions towards saving the life of innocent youths; women and adults from the merchants of death would never be forgotten.
He charged them and their colleagues in other commands to remain resilient as they continue with the offensive action against narco-syndicates.


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