NDLEA Nabs Lady With Cocaine Tucked in Her Underwear

*Recovered N90bn Worth of Drugs, Cash in Five Months

Ade-Ade Bosun, Abuja

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a Monrovia bound traveler at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with illicit substance suspected to be cocaine over the weekend.
According to NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Femi Babafemi, the lady, one Okafor Ebere Edith, was found with 35 wraps of the drugs concealed in her underwear during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.
”…the suspect who tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the airport was however, picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her,” Babafemi’s said in the statement.
In another development, operatives of the Agency nabbed two other suspects, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam and Egbon Osarodion at the Gate A Departure hall of the Lagos Airport. While Osarodion, a Milan, Italy bound passenger, was nabbed during an outward clearance search on Egypt airline, with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag, Maduakolam, an Istanbul, Turkey bound passenger, was arrested on the same day at the same airport aboard Egypt Airline, with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.
Babafemi disclosed further that NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command, acting on tip off, raided a warehouse in Mailafia village in Kontagora local government area of Niger state where it recovered staggering 125 bags of cannabis sativa allegedly meant for bandits in parts of the state. According to him, a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest on sighting the narcotic agents from afar.
”…acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored,” Babafemi disclosed.
Meanwhile Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig Gen Buba Marwa, said that the agency has recovered over N90bn worth of illicit drugs and cash from suspected drug traffickers in five months spanning between January and May 2021.
Marwa, who made the disclosure on Saturday, noted that over 5,000 suspected drug dealers were arrested adding that within the agency also secured more than 500 convictions within the period.
Marwa reiterated the important need for Nigerians to wake up to the responsibility of supporting the NDLEA in the effort to save the country from the menace of drug trafficking and abuse which he described as imperative to the survival of the country. According to him, leaders at all levels “must attach some urgency to the need to rid our society of the drug menace”, noting that the agency’s record within the period under review calls for general concern.
“Our record at the NDLEA in the first five months of this year calls for sober reflection: over 5, 000 arrests. Over 3,000 charged to court with more than 500 convictions. 2, 772 individuals were counselled and treated for drug-related problems.
More than two million kilograms of assorted drugs were seized and over N90bn worth of drugs and cash recovered. These statistics are alarming and are red flags about the need to safeguard the future of the young generation,”
The trend, the NDLEA chairman noted, is the reason for the call on all leaders and stakeholders across the country to see the urgent need to rid Nigeria of what he described as a “drug scourge”.
“That is why we are advocating a new social order where drug test becomes the norm – for couples as part of the wedding rites; for students as a continuous process, starting from admission into tertiary institutions; and for government employees, as part of the employment process and periodic validation of their employment,” he said.

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