NDLEA Makes An 8.268kg Cocaine Haul, Others


*Bags A Europe Bound Drugs From Courier Firms


It was a bounty haul for operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, as they made a big seizure of illicit drugs, including cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk, weighing 8,268.23 kilograms.

They seizure followed a week-long coordinated sting strikes across seven states, including, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Edo, Enugu, and Ondo. While the operation lasted, the anti-narcotic agents also picked up 15 suspected drug dealers, including a woman on a wheelchair.
A statement issued by the agency on Sunday and signed by its director, media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, made the disclosure. It noted that the sting operations teed off seven days earlier.
“The raids, aimed at mopping up illicit drugs in the affected states, followed intelligence and as part of the ongoing offensive action ordered by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), against all drug cartels across the country.”
Babafemi also revealed that the bulk of the seizure and recovery took place in both Edo and Ondo where 27-year-old Omokayode Adedayo was nabbed with a cocktail of drugs.
“The bulk of the seized drugs were recovered from Ondo and Edo states. In Akure, the Ondo State capital, 27-year-old Omokayode Adedayo was on Friday, August 6, arrested along the Oda Road, in the Akure South Local Government Area, with a cocktail of illicit substances, including cannabis sativa, cocaine, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and designer drugs,” Babafemi said
According to the agency’s spokesperson, a to-narcotics agents, assisted by other sister security agents intercepted a consignment of cannibis, weighing 1,025kg, in a Toyota Sequoia and another Toyota Sienna with two fake police escorts. 575kg of cannabis was recovered from the Sienna.
“The previous day, men of the Nigerian Army intercepted 1,025kg of cannabis in a Toyota Sequoia SUV with number plate FST 169 BW and a Toyota Sienna with number plate APP 918 FA at a checkpoint in Isua Akoko, where two fake police officers, Stephen Sunday and Eze Ezenwa, were also arrested with 575kg of cannabis being conveyed in a Sienna vehicle with a fake police number plate, NPF 1651D.”
According to Babafemi, the suspects and exhibits were handed over to the Ondo State command of the agency along with a cash exhibit of N148,300.
“This was preceded by a raid carried out by operatives of the Ondo State command at Egbeta community, a border town between Ondo and Edo states, where a total of 6,332 kilograms of cannabis sativa were recovered and two suspects, Emeka Ossai and Raphael Henry, were arrested.”
The NDLEA statement enumerated other raid locations and seizures recorded as follow. In particular, the raid in parts of Akwa Ibom state yielded 64.903kg of illicit drugs, including 1.2031kg of crack cocaine from 26-year-old Nwoye Ogbonna Solomon, the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of the state.
“In Adamawa State, a drug dealer, Ikechukwu Onuh, was arrested at Jimeta, Yola, on Thursday, August 5, with 14.4kg of tramadol packaged as diclofenac to evade detection.
In Enugu, a total of 19.08kg of cocaine and skunk was recovered from three suspects, including a 35-year-old physically challenged man, Iyiogwe Chinenye, and 25-year-old Aja Chidi David.
Different quantities of cocaine and heroin were also seized from an 18-year-old drug dealer, Jude Chinedu, during raids on the Inland Town area of Onitsha, Anambra State.
While 59.3 kilograms of a psychotropic substance, pentazocine, was intercepted in a bus from Jos, Plateau State to Bauchi with the courier arrested, over 148.808kg of different variants of skunk, some of which were meant for students of the Igbinedion University, Okada, and the Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, were recovered from two dealers, Sunday Ojodale Oguche, 21, and Endurance Ehigie, 23, on Wednesday August 4.”
Babafemi emphasized that narcotic agents of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, seized different quantities of tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk going to the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates from two unnamed, Lagos-based courier firms.

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