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Drug Abuse: NDLEA nabs 2 suspects for allegedly selling chin-chin laced with cannabis, Tramadol to students

Photo Collage of Arrested Suspects with Bottles of Drugged Chin-Chin in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Capital Photo: NDLEA

*Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested certain Josephine Odunu, a 20-year-old hair stylist, and Edesemi Ikporo, a dispatch rider, for purportedly selling and distributing drugged chin-chin to school students, and at social parties in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In its efforts at ridding the country of drug trafficking and substance abuse for the wellbeing of the citizenry, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed its operatives arrested Josephine Odunu, a 20-year-old hair stylist, and Edesemi Ikporo, a 30-yeard-old dispatch rider, for allegedly selling and distributing illicit drug-laced chin-chin to school students and at social parties in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, in a statement Sunday, March 17, 2024, said officers of the Agency on patrol around Opolo area of Yenagoa intercepted the motorcycle dispatch rider, Edesemi and recovered 200 grams of chin-chin produced with cannabis sativa, which he was on a mission to deliver to a buyer last Sunday.

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

Babafemi also stated that a swift follow up operation led to the arrest of the hairdresser, Josephine, who distributes the drugged chin-chin from the salon where she works in Kpansia area of Yenagoa.

The Director of Media and Advocacy revealed a search of the salon also led to the recovery of 3.00kilograms, bringing the total weight of the illicit substance seized from the duo to 3.2kg.

The NDLEA Spokesperson said that investigations revealed that they distributed the chin-chin often laced with cannabis and tramadol to students and at birthday parties in the state.

While Edesemi handles the delivery to buyers, Josephine is a major distributor to a wanted suspect who produces the drugged chin-chin, said he.

Likewise, Babafemi disclosed that operatives of the NDLEA in Adamawa State Wednesday, 13th March arrested two wanted suspects: Ajim Samuel (aka Boss), 30, and Davidson John Joshua (aka Dantala), 36, while on their way from Onitsha, Anambra State where they had gone to buy a consignment of tramadol containing 14, 428 pills of the opioid which they tucked in the body compartments of their black Honda Civic car marked YLA 623 SL.

They were nabbed   along Numan-Jalingo road. Also recovered from them were 21grams of cannabis and monetary exhibits totaling N19,280.

In Osun State, a commercial bus driver, Ogunleye Adegoke, 49, was arrested along Gbongan-Ibadan road after NDLEA operatives discovered 2,000 capsules of tramadol, 60 tablets of rohypnol and 10 bottles of codeine syrup concealed in the spare tyre compartment of his vehicle.

The statement further noted: “While a total of 343,000 pills of opioids were seized by NDLEA officers from a suspect, Lawan Abubakar, 33, in Azare town, Katagum, Bauchi state Friday, 15th March, same day the Nigerian Army transferred a suspect, Muhammadu Rabi’u, 37, with 64,000 pills of tramadol recovered from him to the Bauchi state command of NDLEA.

“At least, 24kg of cannabis was seized from the driver of a transport company, Ikechukwu Obialo, at Sagamu Interchange, Ogun state by NDLEA operatives Wednesday, 13th March, while in Kano, two suspects: Ali Amadu, 27, and Adamu Hassan, 33, were nabbed with a total of 125.3kg cannabis; 3,400 pills of tramadol; and 30 bottles of codeine syrup.”

It said: “They were arrested on Monday 11th March at Gadar Tamburawa area, and Friday 15th March at Tsamiya Babba, Hotoro respectively.

“While 118 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from a warehouse in Masaka area of Nasarawa state on Saturday, 16th March, NDLEA operatives in Edo State Thursday, 14th March arrested a suspect, Kole Samuel, 50, with 75kg of same psychoactive substance at market area, Otuo, Owan East LGA.”

The anti-narcotics regulatory agency also explained: “Same day, operatives raided the Oloma-Okpe forest in Akoko Edo LGA where they destroyed 3,944.2075 kilograms of cannabis on 1.577683 hectares of farmland.

“With the same vigour, the various commands of the Agency across the country continued the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week. Some of them include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students and teachers of Government Day Secondary School, Michika, Adamawa; students and staff of Nana Aisha Secondary School, Damaturu, Yobe; students of Dee Unique International School, Abesan, Ipaja, Lagos and students and staff of Purple Crown Secondary School, Uwani, Enugu as well as a WADA advocacy visit to the paramount ruler of Alesa -Eleme kingdom, Emperor JD Nkpe 11, Rivers State.

Marwa lauds officers, men for outstanding feats

Commending the officers and men of the Bayelsa, Adamawa, Osun, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Edo, Kano, and Ogun Commands of the Agency for their outstanding feats in the past week, the statement said Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd),  Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NDLEA, equally applauded their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures.”

The agency said such WADA advocacy lectures have created “a fair balance between their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.”

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