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NDLEA: How operatives nab artistes’ manager, businessman for illicit drugs in Lagos

Some of the Arrested Illegal Drug Suspects Photo: NDLEA

*Mohamed Buba Marwa, Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, commends Officers and Men of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in Lagos, Apapa Port, Enugu, Anambra, Ondo, Lagos, FCT and Ogun Commands as well as DOGI for their commitment to ensuring a drugs-free society

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In its continued offensive against drug trafficking and substance abuse in Nigeria, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Lekki-based artistes’ manager and his Ikoyi businessman accomplice, who specialise in distributing illicit drugs to fun seekers at VIP night clubs and lounges at Lekki and Island axis of Lagos State.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, FCT, in a statement issued Sunday, July 30, 2023, said arrest of the drug suspects followed an intelligence about a shipment of Colorado, a synthetic strong strain of cannabis coming for them from Los Angeles, United States.

The anti-narcotics regulatory agency stated Oseni Abdulraheem Ayodeji Babatunde (a.k.a Papalampa) was the first to be arrested in his house at No. 3, Ope Daniel Taiwo Street, Off Chisco Bus-Stop, Lekki, in Lagos when the consignment arrived July 23 this year.

Babafemi also disclosed that during preliminary interview with the suspect, he confessed he started the illicit trade three years ago and had been selling to patrons of clubs and lounges in Lekki and Lagos Island, some of which he identified as Quilox, Silver Fox, DNA and Hot box.

Oseni said besides the drug business, he also organises shows for artistes around Lagos and outside Nigeria.

A total of ten (10) parcels of Colorado weighing 2.50kg concealed inside large tins of coffee and duvets linked to Oseni were intercepted by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, stated the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy.

He explained during a follow up search of his residence, operatives recovered some quantities of the same substance, a digital weighing scale and other paraphernalia.

Likewise, Nnadi Kingsley Ikenna, an Ikoyi-based businessman, also linked to the shipment was away in South Africa when the consignment arrived, according to the agency.

While operatives maintained surveillance around his 18 Okotie Eboh Close, Ikoyi residence, they also set their dragnet for him at the airport. He eventually arrived into the waiting arms of NDLEA officers Thursday, July 27 when he returned to the country on a Kenya Airlines flight at the Lagos airport.

Kingsley, in his statement accepted ownership of a part of the consignment.

Besides, the NDLEA operatives attached to the NAHCO export shed of the MMIA as well intercepted a cargo going to Nairobi, Kenya.

A search of the consignment revealed that various quantities of MDMA (Ecstasy) popularly known as ‘Molly’ and Rohypnol were concealed in a bag consisting of foodstuff.

An agent, Onydem Chinwe Florence who presented it for export was arrested.

Also, an attempt by another suspect, Igboma Ifeanyi to export quantities of Loud, a variant of Cannabis, Tramadol and Rohypnol all weighing 7.8kg concealed in 66 bottles of skin lightening lotion was thwarted by vigilant operatives who intercepted him while preparing to board an Ethiopian airline flight to Muscat, Oman at the Lagos airport.

Another suspect, Ekpenisi Wisdom Pious was equally arrested while trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight to Oman with 6.00kg skunk hidden in a bag of food stuff.

A follow up operation led to the arrest of a staff of Toprano Hotel, Ikeja, Ibigbami Temitope Oluwatobi who was fingered in the drug trafficking scheme.

A consignment of 5.70kg codeine syrup going to the United Kingdom was on Thursday 27th July seized from a 51-year-old widow, Adewunmi Taiwo Atinuke by NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA, Ikeja.

The NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier companies also intercepted  a consignment of 8.5kg skunk well-concealed in a vehicle engine block going to Dubai, UAE, Tuesday, July 18, in Lagos.

At the Apapa seaport, in Lagos, another container load of nitrous oxide popularly known as laughing gas, linked to a 30-year-old businessman, Stephen Eze, was seized Tuesday, July 25.

Two containers of the same substance imported from China by the suspect was earlier seized on 13th July at the Apapa port. The third shipment was intercepted during a joint examination of the container marked SUDU7431605 containing 8,336 cannisters of Nitrous Oxide and pressure release Nozzles.

In Ondo State, South-West Nigeria, the NDLEA Saud two suspects: Francis Diamond, 26, and Adekunle Damilola, 26, were arrested in Ita Ogbolu forest with 247.5kg cannabis while a Golf Car conveying the same substance weighing 308kg was intercepted at Airport Junction along Akure-Ogbese Road Wednesday, July 26 with a suspect Farouk Umar, 38, arrested.

A 32-year-old suspect, Chukwuma Nnaji was also arrested with 47kg skunk in a warehouse at Onuogba Eke, Ishielu LGA, Enugu state on Saturday 29th July, while 12kg of the same substance was recovered from a lock up shop during the raid.

A grandpa, Boniface Ogwurlobi, 62, and Chimezie  Onyenjuru were arrested at Uli town Ihila LGA, Anambra state with a total of 49.415kg cannabis sativa, 127.7grams of methamphetamine  and 15grams of cocaine during a raid operation on Friday 28th July, while men of 9th Brigade, Nigerian Army transferred three suspects: Olasande Olutosin, Oleh Chiagozie and Obamuro Baiyeri arrested with 2,608.3kg cannabis sativa and the truck conveying the substance to the Lagos state Command of NDLEA Tuesday, July 25.

In Ogun State, operatives Thursday, July 26 uncovered another skuchies factory in Sagamu area of the state where a suspect Femi Isiaka was arrested. Recovered from the factory include:

37kg Cannabis; 195 pills of Tramadol; 5,000 tabs of Diazepam; 216 tabs of Rophynol 216; 204 litres of skuchies; four fridges; four gas cylinders and one industrial cooker among other items.

NDLEA Chairman applauds officers for resilience, commitment

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Agency, has commended the Officers and Men of the MMIA, Apapa, Enugu, Anambra, Ondo, Lagos, FCT and Ogun Commands as well as those of DOGI for their resilience and commitment to ensuring a drugs-free society.

The Spokesman of the agency noted Marwa charged them and their counterparts in other Commands to remain undaunted by the various machinations of drug cartels and barons who are daily frustrated and desperate due to the continued heat on them and their criminal trade.

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