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NDLEA nabs wig dealer, seven others during Lagos, Abuja, Enugu airports cocaine raids

By Bertram Nwannekanma 
25 July 2022   |   3:38 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two ladies and six men over attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria and export thousands of tramadol 255mg tablets..

• Seizes tons of opioids, rubber solution, skunk, meth in Kaduna, FCT, Sokoto, Anambra

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two ladies and six men over attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria and export thousands of tramadol 255mg tablets among other illicit drugs to Europe.

The suspects attempted to export the illicit drugs through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
Spokesperson for the Agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the streaks of arrests and seizures began on Sunday, July 17, when a 52-year-old father of three, Okwo Paul Okechukwu, was arrested upon his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via an Ethiopian airline flight at the Abuja airport for ingesting 76 pellets of cocaine.
During a preliminary interview,  Babafemi, said Okechukwu stressed that he was into selling women’s wigs and hair attachment before veering into the drug trade.
He has since completed excreting all the 76 wraps of the drug, he swallowed while under observation at the Agency’s facility in Abuja.
In the same vein, another father of three, Lawrence Chijioke, 42, was arrested at the Abuja airport, same day in an operational synergy between NDLEA and Nigeria Customs Service at the NAIA.
Chijioke was arrested during an inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa with 529 pellets of cocaine weighing 11.70kg  and concealed in his bag.
In his statement to anti-narcotic officers, he claimed he was promised N2 million, which he planned to use to boost his business, upon successful delivery of the cocaine consignment in Abuja.
NDLEA operatives also on Saturday, July 23, arrested 29-year-old Ms. Onuorah Caritas Onyinye at the Enugu airport upon arrival on Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa.
A search of her luggage led to the discovery of 2.192kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in two designer’s women handbags with false linings.
Attempts by drug traffickers to export different illicit drugs through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc. (NAHCO) export shed at the Lagos airport to Europe and the United Arab Emirate (UAE) were also frustrated by officers and men of the Agency.
According to Babafemi, the operatives on Monday, July 18, intercepted some illicit substances concealed in a consolidated cargo going to Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
Apart from 24 parcels of Loud, a variant of cannabis, which is largely grown in the United States and Canada, other substances recovered from the cargo include: a precursor for methamphetamine, BMK glycidic acid; tablets of designer drug MDMA and another five parcels of cannabis.
About four freight agents were arrested in connection with the seizure. They include: Balogun Adesola Olamilekan; Sulaimon Kaosarat Yetunde; Benjamin Christopher Joel; and Omoniyi Ibukun Abraham;
In the same day, Monday,  July 18, the bid by an Italy-bound passenger,  Tony Osas,  to export 10, 250 tablets of tramadol 255 mg to Europe through the Lagos airport was foiled by NDLEA operatives, who intercepted him at gate B departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on a Turkish airline flight to Milan.
During a search of his luggage, Osas was found with the illicit substance that weighed 5.70kg concealed inside gari, a local cassava product tucked in his black handbag.
In Kaduna, a driver Jamilu Lawal, was arrested on Sunday, July 17, along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, with 157,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 37.5kg.
A follow up operation same day led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Abubakar Isiyaku, in Katsina. Another suspect, Isah Mohammed, was arrested same day in Kano,  during a follow up operation, after the interception of his consignment, 2,500kg rubber solution (solvent) ,locally called Shalisha in Kaduna.
In Abuja, about four persons were arrested over 345.4kg cannabis seizures in the FCT. While Mohammed Auwal, 37; Godspower John, 34, and Chukwuma Odeh, 35, were arrested in Jabi Park over a 77.7kg drug consignment on Monday, July 18, Isah Yusuf, 25 was nabbed with 267.7kg cannabis when operatives raided DeiDei area of the FCT on Saturday, July 23.
In Sokoto, operatives on stop and search operation along Gusau-Sokoto road arrested one Tochukwu Joseph Oranusi with 20,100 tabs of Rohypnol inside a commercial bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra State.  
Bottles of codeine syrup weighing 15.2 litres and 400grams of Rohypnol tabs whose owner, Buhari Sambo was later arrested, were also recovered from the vehicle.
In Anambra, a suspect, Azubuike Ogbanu, was arrested with 76 cups of Arizona, 172 sachets of skunk, 82 pinches of methamphetamine, 20 sachets of Loud, and 10 wraps of Colorado when his base, Loren hostel, Ifite, Awka, was raided by operatives on Thursday, July 21.

MEANWHILE, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended officers and men of the MMIA, NAIA, AIIA, Kaduna, Sokoto, FCT and Anambra Commands for the arrests, seizures and their tenacity, 
He urged them and their colleagues across the country to remain steadfast in pursuit of the Agency’s goal of ridding all parts of Nigeria of illicit substances.

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