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By Bertram Nwannekanma
17 October 2022   |   4:14 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a pregnant woman, nursing mother, a 200-level university student and 26 others with 9,437.6 kilogrammes of Cannabis ...

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Nine Ghanaians bag 72 years for smuggling 10,843kgs Cannabis sativa into Nigeria

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a pregnant woman,  nursing mother, a 200-level university student and  26 others with 9,437.6 kilogrammes of Cannabis sativa and 138,053 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids, among other illicit drugs.

The suspects were arrested during operations across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and 12 states, namely: Yobe, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kwara and Lagos.
In the FCT, operatives on Saturday, October 15 stormed a village known as Chukuku, about 10 kilometres from Gwagwalada, where they raided a large Cannabis sativa warehouse.
NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said a total of 510 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 5, 640kgs were recovered from the store and a nursing mother in charge, Sa’adatu Abdullahi, 35, was arrested.
In Yobe, while operatives intercepted 48kgs of Cannabis sativa in Buni Yadi, they also raided a location in Potiskum where they recovered 56 blocks (31kgs) from two suspects: Mohammed Mamuda and a married pregnant woman, Hauwa Haruna.

At least, 99 bags of Cannabis sativa and three bags of its seeds weighing 1,286kgs were seized on Thursday,  October 13 when operatives raided a location in Ogbese area of Ondo State, while another raid at the Umukpe forest in Uhunmonde council area of Edo State led to the seizure of 410kgs of  same substance in addition to a motorcycle, two dane guns and the arrest of two suspects: Numga Anim, 30, and Friday Ebije, 50.

Babafemi said  about 50 bags of Cannabis sativa weighing 623kgs were also recovered at Ekpom, a village in Igueben Local Council with the arrest of the owner, Lucky Henry, 30, while another suspect, Ndidi Esegine, 52, was nabbed at Ugbodo forest, Ovia North East Local Council with 266.8kgs of Cannabis sativa on Tuesday, October 11.

“Two days later, operatives stormed Uzebba forest in Owan West LGA to destroy four cannabis farms where two suspects: Ezekiel Raphael and Gideon Bassey were arrested with a total of 223.5kgs processed Cannabis sativa recovered.
“A stop and search operation along the East/West road, in Ahoada area of Rivers State has led to the recovery of 251.4kgs of Cannabis sativa in a gold colour Toyota Sienna bus marked: Abuja YAB 70 BR, and a suspect, Segun Ajayi arrested, while 161.4kgs were equally recovered, from an ash colour Toyota Camry saloon car marked: Abuja RBC 590 BQ.
“In Akwa Ibom State, attempt by a trans-border trafficker, Edet Osu James, 44, to export 2.4kgs cocaine concealed in two large tins of powdered milk to Cameroon was foiled by officers of the Marine unit of the Agency on Thursday, October 13 during an outward clearance of vessels going to Cameroon from Oron.
“In Imo State,  about 10,690 pills of tramadol were intercepted during stop and search operations along Owerri-Onitsha road with three suspects: Saadu Usman; Godwin Emeka and Emeka Obijihe arrested in follow-up efforts on Thursday, October 13.    

Interestingly, Emeka Obijihe was already standing trial for a similar offence for which he was arrested on May 9, 2022 and was on court bail when he was arrested again last Thursday for trafficking 6.5kgs of tramadol.

“In Jigawa State, operatives recovered 67,300 pills of exol-5 and tramadol at Dansure/Roni junction while in Kogi State, a total of 46,100 pills of the same opioids were seized along Okene-Abuja highway both on Thursday, October 13. At least, six suspects were arrested at a notorious drug location in Ngurore town, Adamawa State, with a total of 495kgs cannabis seized in addition to different quantities of opioids.

Suspects arrested include: Chidi Titus; Vincent Donatus; Badishi Bitrus; Abubakar Inuwa; Abdul A. Abdul and Inuwa Ado Isa.

“At least, 5,480 pills of tramadol were seized from two suspects: Dalhatu Salisu and Hamisu Ishaq, who were arrested on Wednesday, October 12 by operatives along Abuja-Kaduna express road, while a total of 3,800 bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura and 7,760 tablets of tramadol were recovered from five suspects along Ilorin-Jebba highway. Four of the suspects: Idris Nadir, 38; Suleiman Mubammed, 68; Babangida Zaki, 30 and Yahaya Lawal claimed they were coming from Ibadan, Oyo State and taking the Akuskura to Katsina, Kano and Birnin Kebbi. The fifth suspect, Nafiu Idris, who was arrested with the tramadol pills said he was taking them to Kankara in Katsina State,” he added.
MEANWHILE, a 200-level student of Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Ms. Mercy Nyong, 30, was on Wednesday, October 12 arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos, for attempting to export 300grams of tramadol 225mg concealed in incense products going to Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).

Also, nine Ghanaians arrested for attempting to smuggle 10,843.95kgs cannabis into Nigeria through the sea were on Friday 14th Oct convicted and sentenced to 72 years imprisonment.
They were initially arrested by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and transferred to NDLEA for further investigation and prosecution. At the conclusion of investigations, they were arraigned in charge number FHC/L/292C/2021. Delivering his ruling in the matter on Friday, Justice Akintayo Aluko of the Federal High Court, Lagos convicted the Ghanaians of conspiracy and dealing in cannabis and thereafter sentenced each of them to eight years in prison.
The convicts include: Victor Wuddah; Freeman Gazul; Adotete Joseph; Sottie Moses; Sottie Stephen; Christian Tette; Kanu Okonipa; Daniel Koyepti; and Kanu Natte.
While commending the officers and men of Yobe, MMIA, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos and FCT Commands of the anti-narcotics Agency for their efforts at drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction, its Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), charged them and their counterparts across other commands not to rest on their oars.

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