NDLEA arrests, prosecutes 12 suspected illegal drug traffickers

*Illegal substances labelled with COVID-19 pass sent as waybills across Nigeria  

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to discourage the use of hard drugs, other psychotropic substances, and protect the consumers’ well-being, Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 12 suspected traffickers of hard substances, including cocaine, in Niger State.

The regulatory agency effected the arrests during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the state, which reportedly resulted in an increase in cases of drug trafficking in the state, says report.

It was learnt the items the NDLEA impounded include over 1,000 kilogrammes of local and assorted Cannabis Sativa also known as ‘skunk’, over 30 kilogramme of Arizona and more than 30 pinches of cocaine.

Isaac Aloye, Acting NDLEA Commander in the state was quoted to have said that the suspects carefully wrapped the items in various forms.

It was learnt that the illegal substances were sent as waybills from various parts of the country, through cars labelled with COVID-19 pass in order to allow them to beat the lockdown.

According to Oloye, the prohibited items would have found their way into target communities in the state, if not for the eagle-eyed operatives who intercepted them at various points.

Enuma Uchenna, one of the suspects and a 41-year-old father of two, claims a friend had asked him to pick up this gas burner containing items, including cocaine from a car park, denying that he had no knowledge of the contents, said the report.

Six of the suspects have been charged to court whereas the six others are still being investigated for further information.

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