NDLEA uncovers heroin in Pakistan’s anus at Lagos airport
Arrests security agency for peddling drugs
A serving officer of a law enforcement agency, Popoola Abayomi, has been arrested for allegedly selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun State.
The drug dealer, who serves in the Lagos State Command of the security agency, was arrested on Wednesday, June 15, after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in Camp Area of Abeokuta.
One of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider is known as Ogah, was trailed to the location at about 8.p.m and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grammes before Popoola, who has been on the agency’s watch list, was nabbed with different illicit drugs, including 17 bottles of codeine; cannabis – 22.26 grammes; tramadol 230 – 98 grammes; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam – 23.72 grammes; 113 tablets of molly -48.16 gramme s and sex drops -43.92grammes.
After the arrest of the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle. The narcotic agents, however, restrained themselves and after hours of the standoff, succeeded in moving the suspects into custody.
In the same vein, one Adelodun Kamaldeen, has been arrested by operatives of the Oyo State Command of the agency at General Area, Ilorin, Kwara State, following the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grammes and 4.8 grammes respectively on 13th June.
NDLEA Director of Public Affairs, Femi Babafemi, who made the disclosure said: “The following day, two ladies – Mary Peter, 40, and Mercy Oladele, 39 – were arrested at Total Garden, Ibadan, when NDLEA operatives, acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial Micra car.
“The two women were arrested with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kgs brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, for supply to a man they simply identified as Alhaji.
“According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with. On Friday, 18th June, operatives of the Oyo State Command, acting on intelligence, also raided the residence of one Alhaji Faruq at Elebu area, Akala Expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, where they recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate.”
In Kaduna State, a drug trafficker, Segun Abraham, was arrested at Panteka area of the state on June 17, with 211.500kgs of skunk heading to Kano State.
MEANWHILE, a Nigerian returning from Pakistan, Ezenyeche Kingsley Ebuka, has been arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, with five pellets of heroin weighing 250 grams discovered in his anus.
The suspect had arrived at the ‘D’ Arrival Hall of the airport on 14th June on Turkish Airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus. He, however, failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight.
While commending the Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and the MMIA commands of the agency for sustaining the offensive against illicit drug trafficking and the cartels running it, Marwa warned that the NDLEA would not spare any law enforcement agent hiding under the privilege of his uniform to engage in narcotic business.
“Those who think they can sabotage ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drug trafficking and abuse hiding behind the façade of their uniforms should better think twice because they’ll have NDLEA to contend with. We’ll not only arrest and expose them, but we’ll equally prosecute them and seize all assets acquired through the proceeds of their criminal act,” he warned.