*More Offenders Picked Up Across the States
A pregnant woman, Kate Ngozi Nwuju, has been picked up by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. Her arrest is described by the agency as part of its nationwide crackdown on drug traffickers.
Nwuju 38, arrested in her residence in the Mile 4 area of Rumueme, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, September 14, was found in possession of 4.5kg of cannabis.
The nationwide offensive, launched a few weeks ago, has led to the arrest of numerous drug lords, couriers and hundreds of kilograms of illicit substances across the country. The agency also succeeded in destroying hectares of cannabis farms.
Over the period, NDLEA operatives landed big hauls in their quest to rid the nation of illicit drug traffickers. In the main, they arrested a female and male international drug traffickers, Isasere Obehi and Emmanuel Chibuzor Omenere, who attempted to ferry illicit substances overseas through two of the nation’s airports.
On the one hand, Osasere was nabbed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on September 11, while attempting to export 312 sachets of Tramadol, weighing 1.5kg to Milan via Ethiopian Airline.
Her cache of drugs, unveiled at the Gate B departure lounge of the airport, was concealed in crayfish and dry vegetables consignments.
On the other hand, Omebere was caught at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Tuesday September 2, with 137.45grams of the same substance hidden in food items billed for export to Turkey via the Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul.
In related developments, NDLEA agents arrested one Aliyu Saidu, an alleged fake soldier, found with 2.3kg of Cannabis Sativa in a commercial bus heading from Lagos to Makurdi, on Monday, September 13. He was arrested at the anti narcotics checkpoint in Aliade, Benue State.
Shuaibu Yusuf, was picked up in Kano on Friday, September 17, with 537kg of cannabis sativa, concealed among bags of cement in a truck.
In Ogun state, the operatives arrested five persons on Tuesday, September 14 after a search of an intercepted truck yielded 552kg cannabis at Ogere Remo, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Calabar city has not been left out as anti narcotic officers on motorised patrol on Friday, September 17, picked up one 21-year-old Law Ubi at Marian Road, Calabar, Cross River state. Ubi was caught in possession of 67.4 kg cannabis while a follow up search of his residence the following day yielded 4.2grams of Cocaine.
In Edo state, NDLEA operatives were found busy in some remote forests in Ovia North East area of the state where they successfully destroyed 14 hectares of cannabis farm between September 8 and 16. Anti narcotics agents also nabbed three females and a male suspects in raids across Owan East and Akoko Edo areas of the state with different yeilds . Different yeilds of cannabis and local mixtures, popularly referred to as “Monkey Tail” or “Mokite” were recovered from them.