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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA nabs over 25 suspects in Abuja IDP camp, others

*Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, reveals the anti-narcotics regulator’s operatives also frustrated another attempt to smuggle into Lagos a consignment of 24kgs cannabis concealed in imported used cars from Canada, among other seizures

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In its continued offensive against drug trafficking and substance abuse to ensure a drugs-free society, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 25 drug suspects in different raids across known drug joints in Abuja, FCT.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, who disclosed this development in a statement issued Sunday, May 14, 2023, said one of the places where the drug suspects were arrested is the New Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons Camp located in Abuja.

The anti-narcotics regulatory agency stated: “Operatives in Abuja arrested 25 suspects in raids across Tora Bora, Gwarinpa village, Third Avenue in Gwarinpa, Karamo, Garki Market, Sabongari Bwari and New Kuchingoro IDP camp, within the FCT.”

Babafemi said that another bid to smuggle into Lagos a consignment of 24kgs cannabis concealed in imported used cars from Canada also, was frustrated by NDLEA operatives.

He noted that the operatives had seized the illicit substance from the suspects May 11 during a joint 100 percent examination of a container marked, MSMU 7412069, at the Prime Connection Bonded Terminal, off Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, in Lagos State.

The Director of Media and Advocacy further explained: “Two clearing agents linked with the container, G.O. Njokwu and Christopher Obialor, have been arrested in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Customs Service.”

According to him, two businessmen who were arrested by operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for cocaine ingestion have both excreted 193 pellets of the illicit drug after three days in observatory custody.

The statement revealed the traffickers, Onoh Ebere, 49, and Christian Ifeanyi, 47, were intercepted at the Abuja airport May 10, upon their arrival from Uganda via Addis Ababa, onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 951.

“They both travelled to Uganda and from there crossed over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they picked the consignments before returning to Abuja with Lagos as their final destination.

“After days in the excretion room, Ebere Onoh excreted a total of 100 pellets weighing 2.137kgs while Christian Ifeanyi expelled 93 pellets hidden in his stomach with a gross weight of 1.986kgs,” Babafemi stated.

Besides, the NDLEA operatives raided two notorious drug joints, Zaro bunk on Bama Road, Sabongari and the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, both in the Kano metropolis where 160 suspects were arrested with different quantities of illicit substances.

The regulatory agency further noted the two suspects, Abubakar Sallau, 55, and Nazifi Abdullahi, 25, were arrested Saturday, May 13, along Kano-Maiduguri Road with 5,000 pills of Tramadol 200mg, while 65,200 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5 were seized from the duo of Adamu Nagati, 30, and Ali Nasiru, 35.

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