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NDLEA raids Abuja garden, arrests six over drug cookies, noodles

By Victor Gbonegun
24 January 2022   |   4:10 am
The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have raided a relaxation centre, popularly called Garden in Abuja and arrested six persons for selling drug cookies and noodles.

Some of the suspects with items seized

Intercepts UK, Saudi-bound cocaine concealed in synthetic hair
The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have raided a relaxation centre, popularly called Garden in Abuja and arrested six persons for selling drug cookies and noodles.

Following credible intelligence, operatives raided the garden at Wuse Zone 5 behind a shopping complex, where a lady, Rachael Famiyesun (29), who deals in drug cookies was arrested along with her salesgirl, Stella Sunday (20). Beside the cookies, they were also caught selling bottles of black currant drink popularly called Zobo prepared with cannabis.

Another business operator in the garden, Moses Obi, (30), was also arrested with his salesgirl, Aisha Abdulrahman (19), for selling indomie noodles prepared with cannabis. A barman, Ahonye Jonah (31), who works with the owner of the garden, was equally arrested while one of their customers, a 38-year-old Ngozi Justina Emelogu was also picked during the raid on January 19.

Two days earlier, officers of the FCT command of the Agency equally raided the Zuba Yam Market, where a drug dealer, Haruna Hassan was arrested with 19.3kg cannabis.

MEANWHILE, attempts by drug traffickers to export 1.53 kilogrammes of cocaine hidden inside hair cream to London, and another 880 grammes of cocaine concealed inside synthetic hair to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as well as 3 grammes of cocaine and 5grammes of cannabis to Cyprus packed inside locally made shoes through two major courier companies in Lagos have been foiled by narcotic officers attached to the firms.

In Edo state, operatives on January 18, the officials intercepted a Toyota Camry car with Reg. No. FKJ 897 DG (LAGOS) loaded with 360.4kg Cannabis sativa heading to Abuja and arrested the driver, Nurudeen Subaru, (42), in Auchi, Etsako West area of the state. The following day, the Edo Command officers also evacuated 111kg cannabis stored in a bush at Iruekpen, Esan West local government area while 276 compressed blocks of the same substance weighing 248.4kg were recovered from one Austin Okongwu also known as Igwe (45), at Agenebode, Etsako East while moving the drug in a Lexus saloon car with reg. number ABC 583 MJ (Abuja).

Also on Wednesday January 19, a raid on a drug joint in the Edo State capital, Benin, led to the arrest of three drug dealers: Kelly Ogbebor, 38; Daniel Oviawe, 35, and Kelly Kenmakonam, 29 with different quantities of cocaine and heroin seized from them.

One of the suspects with confiscated items

In Plateau State, attempt by 29-year-old Ifeoma Godwin Sade, wife of a drug dealer, Ifeanyi Onyeasi, (34), to swallow 12grams of cocaine found in their house at Agingi, Rukuba road, Jos, during an arrest operation was scuttled by operatives who retrieved the drug from her throat on Sunday January 16. Also recovered from them was a monetary exhibit of N234, 650.

Different quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine and tramadol were seized from two suspects; Aliyu Abdullahi and Ishaya Emmanuel, when a commercial bus with reg. number GME711YX bringing them from Lagos to Yola, Adamawa State was intercepted along Abuja road by officers of the Plateau state command on Wednesday January 19, 2022.
In Adamawa State, on Wednesday January 19, the long arm of the law eventually caught a notorious drug dealer, Adamu Musa who has been on the run for nine months. His 31-year-old elder sister, Mrs. Hannatu Sini had been arrested on April 16, 2021, at Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa with 14.400kg of cannabis sativa and admitted keeping the exhibit for her younger brother, Adamu Musa who was subsequently placed on the wanted list of the command. This is even as an ex-convict, Mrs. Modinat Lawal, was arrested in Kano on Wednesday January 19, 2022 with 22kg cannabis sativa she brought into Nigeria from Benin Republic. She had earlier been arrested, prosecuted and jailed for the same offence. The Ogun State born trafficker claimed then that her name was Bola.

Commending the officers and men of the FCT, Edo, Plateau, Adamawa, Kano and Directorate of Investigation and General Investigations for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain vigilant and proactive.