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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA seizes 5,344kg imported Skunk consignments in Lagos

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

*Brig.-Gen. Buba Mohamed Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, commends the Officers and Men of the anti-narcotics regulatory agency for blocking the illicit drugs and ridding Nigeria prohibited drug trafficking

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In continuation of its offensive against drug trafficking and substance abuse in Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed its operatives intercepted two imported consignments of Loud, a strong strain of cannabis, with a combined weight of 5,344.1 kilogrammes at Lekki II, in Lagos.

ConsumerConnect reports the NDLEA stated the drugs were confiscated along the Epe-Lekki corridor and at the Alfa beach, in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

How NDLEA operatives struck: Spokesman

Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, Sunday, June 25, 2023, in a statement revealed that the first interception was based on credible intelligence.

Babafemi also noted the operatives of the anti-narcotics regulatory agency later laid ambush for a white truck conveying 50 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 2,434.1 kilogrammes along the Epe-Lekki Expressway in the early hours of last Monday.

The truck driver, however, jumped out of the vehicle and escaped in a security hilux van escorting the truck, after the anti-narcotics officers successfully demobilised the truck conveying the drug exhibits, said the Spokesman.

Babafemi stated that in the second interception around Alfa Beach at Lekki, officers of the Marine Command of the agency Tuesday, June 20 acting on intelligence, again, intercepted a boat loaded with the same imported substance weighing 2,910 kilogrammes upon arrival from Ghana.

He said: “Two Ghanaians: Monday Saba, 30, and Hakeem Kwana, 27, found with the consignments were promptly arrested. In Niger State, two suspects: Abubakar Mohammed, 32, and Nuhu Sale, 43, were arrested Sunday 18th June along Abuja expressway, Suleja with 31 jumbo bags of Skunk weighing 517 kilogrammes, while a 30-year-old Amina Alilu was arrested with 171 kilogrammes of the substance last Wednesday at Ogbogodo village, Dekina Local Government Area, Kogi State.”

The statement also disclosed that a suspected fake female security agent, Ogedegbe Dorcas, 34, was also nabbed at Ajegunle, Asa Dam Area of Ilorin, Kwara State, with 30 kilogrammes of cannabis last Thursday, while in Oyo State, NDLEA operatives intercepted 42-year-old Segun Olajide with 49.2 kilogrammes of same substance last Saturday in Oyo town.

The agency’s operatives in Edo State as well stormed Ekudo forest, Uhunmwode local Government Area, where they destroyed a cannabis farm, measuring 2.5 hectares, recovered processed weeds weighing 67 kilogrammes and arrested six suspects namely: Onyeka Onyedinma; Monday Onyedi; Alex Eboh; Edosa Imariagbe; Godbless Tunde and Godstime Osarobo in the early hours of Monday, 19th June.

Chairman lauds agency’s officers and men

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Buba Mohamed Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, has commended the Officers and Men of the Lagos, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Oyo, Edo and Marine Commands for blocking over five tonnes of illicit substances from going into circulation in the country in the past week.

Marwa urged the operatives and their compatriots across other formations to remain committed to the corporate goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

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