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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA seizes London-bound cocaine, heroin, others in Lagos

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*National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says its operatives arrested, among other suspects, a serial drug trafficker and nursing mother claiming to be a part-time 400-Level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, for trafficking in 5kg Skunk and 8.1grams of Molly

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In its continued offensive against drug trafficking and substance abuse in Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has impounded consignments of London-bound cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and Indian hemp at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), in Lagos.

ConsumerConnect reports Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, disclosed this development in a statement issued Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Abuja, FCT.

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

Mr. Babafemi stated that regulatory agency’s narcotic officers seized 20 parcels of cocaine from drug suspects Thursday, Oct. 28.

According to him, it was during outward routine clearance of cargo at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) export shed.

He said the parcels weighed 1.2kg and were concealed in packets of Zee black soap.

The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy said that 23 parcels of heroin weighing 1.4kg also concealed in packets of Zee black soap and 39 parcels of 2.35kg Methamphetamine concealed in Dudu -Osun black soap were also intercepted.

He further stated that another cargo was intercepted at the NAHCO shed where 7.35kgs of Indian hemp concealed inside some tablets of Dudu Osun black soap were recovered on Oct. 21.

No fewer than three suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the seizures, said he.

Babafemi further said: “A nursing mother who claims to be a part-time 400-level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, Mariam Dirisu had earlier been arrested for trafficking in 5kg skunk and 8.1grams of Molly.

“She was arrested barely a week after she was granted bail for attempting to smuggle drugs concealed in cassava flour meal called ‘akpu’ into NDLEA cell for a suspect.

“The 35-year-old mother of a two-month-old baby was first arrested on Oct. 21 by the Edo Command of the agency,’’ he stated.

Babafemi also noted that Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, had directed that the suspect be counselled and released immediately because of the young baby she was carrying.

However, the NDLEA said in the latest development, the Delta Command of the agency again, arrested the same Mariam Saturday, Oct. 30 for placing orders for drugs to be delivered to her from Lagos even while still on bail for the earlier offence.

The statement said: “In Ondo state, no less than 1,645kilograms of cannabis were seized in three interdictions in parts of the state.

“On. Oct. 28, NDLEA operatives stormed a farm at Emure in Ondo State where 313kg of Indian hemp was seized and seven suspects, Paul Godwin; Michael Nnaji, Ezugu Lucky, Omololu Sunday, Simon Taiwo, David Udofia and M. Suleiman were arrested.

“On Oct. 27, operatives raided the Ipele-Idoani Forest, also in Ondo State and recovered 534kg of abandoned compressed Indian hemp.

“The operatives also seized 798kg of Indian hemp from two suspects, Gbenga Falodun and Faseyitan Opeyemi who were arrested at Ikare junction, Owo area of Ondo state.

“Also recovered from them was a white Mercedes Benz truck with Lagos State registration number and monetary exhibit of N20,000.”

Babafemi as well disclosed that two suspected fake security agents, Umar Ibrahim and Sadiq Abubakar, and their accomplice, Auwal Hassan, were arrested in Kogi State.

The suspects, he stated, conveyed 105.4kg of Indian hemp from Ondo State to Kaduna State on Oct. 30 in a Mercedes Benz C 180 car with registration number Abuja BWR 924 KH.

The Spokesman added: “Raids on three black spots in Oshodi, Ikeja and Ogba areas of Lagos State on Oct. 23 led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female SS II student of Idi-Araba Senior High School, Walaka Adams, at Oshodi, with 100 grams of Indian hemp.”

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