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NDLEA’s offensive against drug cartels in 6 states, intercepts 76.9kg Canadian Loud, others

Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/CEO of NDLEA

*Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/CEO of the  National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, urges Officers and Men of Edo, Onne Ports, Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Oyo States’ Commands, and their counterparts across Nigeria to intensify the offensive action against drug barons towards ensuring a drugs-free society

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In its efforts at ensuring a drugs-free society for Nigerians, the operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have located a large warehouse of skunk, used to store 231 jumbo bags of the psychotropic substance weighing 3,003 kilograms (over 3 tonnes) in Iwe forest of Iwe community, Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State, which they set ablaze.

The anti-narcotics regulatory agency disclosed the latest operation, which involved hundreds of well-armed NDLEA operatives in the early hours of Tuesday, May 30, 2023, followed intelligence, that a wanted drug kingpin had stored tonnes of the illicit substance in the forest ready for distribution to other parts of the country.

Agency seizes Canadian Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis

In a related development, the NDLEA stated it’s operatives also discovered and seized about 76.9 kilograms of Canadian Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis from four used vehicles in a container marked MSDU6686346 from Canada at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex, Onne, Rivers State between Thursday, 1st June and Friday, 2nd June during a joint inspection of the shipment with men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The request for 100 percent examination of the shipment followed earlier intelligence received by the Agency on the container.

The agency further said Kano State, two suspects: Ma’aruf Rabiu and Abubakar Mustapha, were arrested Tuesday, May 30 along Zaria-Kano Road with 260 blocks of cannabis weighing 139.4kg, while Auwal Ibrahim was nabbed with 38kg of the same substance the following day Wednesday, May 31 along Kaduna-Abuja road, same day 35-year-old female suspect, Bilkisu Isiya, was arrested at Birnin Yero, Kaduna in possession of 5.6kg cannabis.

According to NDLEA, the likewise in Borno State, two suspects: Abubakar Usman (a.k.a. Alhaji Mai Kero) and Adamu Yusuf were arrested at Bargu village, Shani LGA, Saturday, June 3 with 165 blocks of skunk weighing 140.7kg.

The anti-narcotics regulatory agency noted their arrest was effected deep inside a fluid insurgents’ environment with military support.

A female suspect, Hauwa Ibrahim, 25, was also nabbed in the same village with 6.4kg of the psychoactive substance, while another suspect Alhaji Abubakar, 27, was arrested at Njimtilo checkpoint with 4,200 ampoules of pentazocine injection and different quantities of D5 and exol-5 tablets.

The agency as well revealed that a 30-year-old suspect, Iroko Wasiu, was apprehended at a drug joint at Sabo Aba-Owolowo along Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway Tuesday, May 30 and 31.2kg of cannabis recovered from him, while two suspects: Deji Adelabu, 35, and Mutiu Salau, 37, were nabbed the following day Wednesday 31st May in Sabo area along Oyo-Ogbomoso road and Awuro Dada area in Orire Local Government Area of Oyo State with a total of 8kg cannabis recovered from them.

Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NDLEA, has commended the Officers and Men of the Edo, Onne Ports, Kano, Kaduna, Borno and Oyo States’ Commands for their commitment and synergy with other law enforcement agencies in their areas of responsibility.

Marwa urged them and their compatriots across the West African country to intensify the offensive action against drug cartels while ensuring a balance with drug demand reduction efforts in Nigeria.

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