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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA seizes156,575 Tramadol pills, other Opioids in 5 states, FCT

Mohamed Buba Marwa, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA

*Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, states operatives of the anti-narcotics regulator recovered 37kg of Indian hemp, 195 Tramadol pills, 5,000 tablets of Diazepam and 216 tablets of Rophynol, and 204 litres of ‘skuchies’ among others from a factory at Sagamu, in Ogun State of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its ongoing efforts at ensuring a drugs-free society, operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended two suspects, Abdulrazak Bala and Lawal Salisu, with at least 156,575 Tramadol pills and other illicit drugs in five states and the FCT in the last two weeks.

The anti-narcotics regulatory agency said the two suspected drug peddlers were arrested Saturday, July 29, 2023, along Gwagwalada-Abaji Road in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, on a statement Sunday, July 30 listed the states as Enugu, Anambra, Ondo, Lagos, and Ogun States.

Babafemi stated that NDLEA operatives also uncovered a “Skuchies’’ factory at Sagamu, in Ogun State, where certain Femi Isiaka was arrested Thursday, July 26.

The Agency’s Spokesman stated: “Recovered from the factory were 37kg of Indian hemp, 195 Tramadol pills, 5,000 tablets of Diazepam and 216 tablets of Rophynol.

“Also recovered were 204 litres of ‘skuchies’, four fridges, four gas cylinders and one industrial cooker.

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

The statement noted the suspended drug peddlers bore “two containers of laughing gas imported from China by the suspect were earlier seized on July 13 at the Apapa Port.

“The third shipment was intercepted during a joint examination of the container marked SUDU7431605 containing 8,336 canisters of Nitrous Oxide and pressure release nozzles.”

The Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA also that two suspects, Francis Diamond (26), and Adekunle Damilola (26), were arrested in Ita-Ogbolu Forest, in Ondo State, while in possession of 247.5kg of Indian hemp.

The agency also said that a Volkswagen Golf Car, also conveying 308kg of Indian hemp was intercepted at Airport Junction on Akure-Ogbese Road Wednesday, July 26, and a suspect, Farouk Umar (38), arrested.

He further stated: “A 32-year-old suspect, Chukwuma Nnaji was arrested with 47kg of ‘skunk’ in a warehouse at Onuogba Eke in Ishielu Local Government Area of Enugu State Saturday, July 29.

“Twelve kilograms of the same substance was also recovered from a lockup shop during the raid.

“A grandpa, Boniface Ogwurlobi (62), and one Chimezie Onyenjuru, were arrested at Uli town in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra with 49.415kg of Indian hemp, 127.7gm of methamphetamine and 15gm of cocaine.”

The Spokesman stated: “This happened during a raid Friday, July 28.

“Men of the 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army also transferred three suspects: Olasande Olutosin, Oleh Chiagozie and Obamuro Baiyeri arrested with 2,608.3kg of Indian hemp to the NDLEA.

“They equally intercepted the truck conveying the substance to the Lagos State Command of the NDLEA on Tuesday, July 25.”

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