NDLEA Operatives During an Operation

NDLEA raids drug joints, seizes illicit substances, arrests 110 dealers in Nigeria

*Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency announces its operatives seizes from the suspects different quantities of cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine, diazepam, cannabis, and other psychoactive substances across the country in the past week

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a move to tackle community drug cartels and protect the wellbeing and sanity of millions of consumers, especially the Nigerian youths, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested about 110 drug dealers in nine states across the country.

ConsumerConnect reports the anti-narcotics agency noted its operatives apprehended the suspects from their respective hideouts, dismantled their joints, and seized assorted illicit substances in the process.

The NDLEA, in a statement by Mr. Femi Babafemi, Spokesman of the agency, disclosed in Lagos State, notorious drug joints in Maza Maza, Alakija, Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin, Oluti, Isheri Roundabout and Igando were raided last Thursday and 16 suspects were arrested.

Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA

The statement also indicated that the operatives arrested seven others in different locations in the Lekki area of the cosmopolitan state.

Babafemi equally stated that about 17 suspects arrested by men of the 149 Battalion (Rear), Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ojo, in Lagos, were also transferred to the NDLEA for further investigation.

The NDLEA announced it seized from the suspects different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, Diazepam, Cannabis and other psychoactive substances.

Babafemi said the arrest of a 19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir arrested in Benue State with 5.5kg Cannabis and 112grams of Diazepam Wednesday, October 6, 2021, took a disturbing twist when other members of her cartel abducted a retired NDLEA personnel from that community.

The gang had assumed that the man was still a serving officer by taking him to a forest and demanded the release of the suspect in custody before their victim would be freed, he noted.

According to the agency, the raid of the house of a drug kingpin in Ruga area of Mararaba, in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State, also led to the recovery of 30 bags of cannabis weighing 362.5kg.

In Akwa Ibom State, it said three male suspects were arrested October 6 during a raid of drug joints in Oron area with over 25 kilograms of drugs seized in the process.

Seized Tramadol and other prohibited drugs   File Photo

The agency further stated that a notorious drug dealer at Ogbani-Oja Okitipupa, Okitipupa LGA, Adedugba Adeyemi, a.k.a Oyinbo, was arrested in his fortified den, where different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin and Skunk were recovered, while seven others were arrested in some drug joints in other parts of the state.

Whereas in Kano State, the NDLEA operatives also apprehended certain Shamsuddeen Muhammad with 21.6kg cannabis, well-concealed inside empty cartons, while in Oyo State, no fewer than 12 persons were arrested at drug joints raided and dismantled across the state.

Babafemi also stated that in Kwara, no fewer than 38 suspects were arrested and 29.585kg assorted drugs including Cocaine, Meth, Tramadol, Diazepam and others recovered from them across seven drug joints in Lafiagi and in Rivers, at least three persons were arrested from drug joints in Oyigbo and Kara oil mill area of the state on Saturday, October 9.

In a related development, the agency equally said over 5kilograms of Methamphetamine and Cannabis concealed insoles of ladies shoes, body cream and auto spare parts heading to Australia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Hong Kong had been intercepted in four courier firms in Lagos by narcotic officers in the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, of the Agency.

Meanwhile, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, has applauded the officers and men of the nine-state commands for taking the battle to the doorsteps of the drug cartels within the communities and in the forests in order to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs and related substances.

Marwa urged the officers and their colleagues in other commands to remain resilient as they continue with the continued offensive against the narco-syndicates in the country.

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