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Nursing mother nabbed shortly after being freed for drug smuggling in Benin City

By Bertram Nwannekanma
01 November 2021   |   3:09 am
A mother of a two month-old-baby, Mariam Adetilewa Dirisu, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for trafficking in 5kg Skunk and 8.1grammes of Molly.

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A mother of a two month-old-baby, Mariam Adetilewa Dirisu, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for trafficking in 5kg Skunk and 8.1grammes of Molly.
The suspect, who claimed to be a part-time 400-level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, was arrested barely a week after she was nabbed and granted bail for attempting to smuggle drugs concealed in cassava flour called ‘akpu’ into NDLEA cell for another suspect in custody.

The agency’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday, said the nursing mother was first arrested in Edo on October 21, but the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), on the same day, directed that she be counselled and released immediately because of her young baby.
Curiously, a controlled delivery operation carried out by operatives of the Delta State Command of the agency on Saturday, October 30, again led to the arrest of Dirisu, who had ordered for the drugs from Lagos, while on bail for an earlier offence.

SIMILARLY, desperate efforts by drug cartels to export different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cannabis to London, United Kingdom (U.K) through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos have been scuttled by NDLEA operatives.

The narcotic officers of the agency on Thursday, October 28, intercepted 20 parcels of Cocaine weighing 1.2kg concealed in packets of Zee black soap; 23 parcels of Heroin weighing 1.4kg hidden in packets of Zee black soap and 39 parcels of 2.35kg Methamphetamine concealed in Dudu -Osun black soap packets.
The interception was during outward routine clearance of cargo at NAHCO export shed of the airport.
Few days earlier, a similar cargo was intercepted at the NAHCO shed of the MMIA, where 7.35kgs of Cannabis concealed inside some tablets of Dudu Osun black soap were recovered. No fewer than three suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the seizures.
In Ondo State, no less than 1,645 kilogrammes of cannabis were seized in three interdiction operations in parts of the state.
Operatives had on October 28 stormed Emure cannabis farm camp, where 313 kilogrammes of cannabis were seized and seven suspects, namely; Paul Godwin; Michael Nnaji; Ezugu Lucky; Omolu Sunday; Simon Taiwo; David Udofia and M. Suleiman were arrested.
The operatives had on the previous day raided the Ipele-Idoani forest, where 534kgs of abandoned compressed cannabis were recovered just as a total of 798 kilogrammes of cannabis were seized from two suspects, namely; Gbenga Falodun and Faseyitan Opeyemi at Ikare junction, Owo area of the state.
Also recovered from them include a white Mercedes Benz truck with Lagos registration number LSR 06 XW and a monetary exhibit of N20, 000.
Babafemi also said two suspected fake security agents; Umar Ibrahim and Sadiq Abubakar as well as their accomplice, Auwal Hassan were arrested in Kogi State, while conveying a total of 105.4 kilogrammes of cannabis from Ondo State to Kaduna on Saturday, October 30 in a Mercedes Benz C 180 car with registration number Abuja BWR 924 KH.
Similarly, he disclosed that raids at three black spots in Oshodi, Ikeja and Ogba areas of Lagos State on October 23, led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female SS II student of Idi – Araba Senior High School, Walaka Adams at No. 72 Mafoluku Road, Oshodi, with 100 grammes of cannabis sativa.
Also, a 24-year-old wielder, Sodiq Ganun, was arrested with 200 grammes of cannabis at the same address, while Tajudeen Azeez, was arrested at Ipodo, Ikeja, with nine grammes of Cocaine.
The operatives also recovered different quantities of abandoned drugs such as Molly, Rohypnol and Codeine based syrup at a drug joint in Ogba area of Ikeja.
While commending officers and men of the agency, Gen. Marwa urged them to remain resolute in the ongoing efforts to cut access and availability of illicit drugs across the country.