NDLEA Pulls Down Drug Joints


*Picks Up 110 Dealers Across Lagos, Kwara, Oyo


Intercepts Australia-bound Meth


THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has raided and pulled down drug dens across several states of the country, including Lagos, Oyo and Kwara. During the exercise, operatives of the agency who also intercepted an assortment of illicit drugs, arrested no less than 110 persons suspected to be drug dealers.


On Thursday, October 7, narcotic agents raided notorious joints in Maza-Maza, Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin, Oluti, Alakija and Isheri, all in Lagos, where they picked up several suspects including Lucky Elibe, Abdullahi Jabir, Amos Kalli, Nweke Thank God, Tukwosi Arowolu, Odinaka Oramu, Jeremiah Ishaya, Maxwell John and Usman Garba


Others arrested suspected are Christian Okibe, Mba Peter Sarah Offiri, Wasiu Adeniji, Bode Olaitan, Yetunde Ahmed and Abdullahi Jibril.


In particular, Emmanuel Sunday; Buhari Ibrahim, Kudus Taiwan, Samuel Jeremiah, Adebayo Adams, Joshua Madube and Mary Jane Nweke were picked up around Lekki area of the state while one Okoropo Mathew was arrested in Obalende.


Sulaiman Hammadu, Olalekan Abiodun, Lukman Kamarudeen and Toyeeb Isa were however, apprehended in the raid that took place in Agege area of the state.


In addition, men of the 149 Battalion, Rear, Nigerian Army Cantonment, picked up 17 suspects in and around Ojoo area, all of whom they handed over to the NDLEA. Items seized from the suspects included different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, Diazepam, Cannabis and other psychoactive substances.


The raid in Benue state was no successful as operatives of the agency arrested a 19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir. The raid which took place in Aliade area of the state on Wednesday, October 6, yielded 5.5kg Cannabis and 112grams of Diazepam. However, a disturbing twist was added to the event when other suspected members of her cartel abducted a retired NDLEA personnel from the community who they assumed to be a serving officer. They took him to a forest and demanded for the release of the suspect in custody before their victim would be freed.


In Nasarawa state, NDLEA operatives raided the abode of a drug kingpin in the Ruga area of Mararaba, Karu LGA. Thirty bags of cannabis sativa, weighing 362.5kg, were recovered whereas three suspects were nabbed in the Oron area of Akwa Ibom state from whom 25kg of illicit substances were recovered.


Narcotic agents were on hand in Ondo state where they picked up one Adedugba Adeyemi in Ogbani-Oja area of Okitipupa. Adeyemi, described as a notorious drug dealer, is said to have been picked up in his “fortified den” where different quantities of cocaine, heroine and skunk were recovered. Along with Arrested alongside Adeyemi are seven other suspects who were picked up from other drug joints in Shasha Market, Akure North council area, Asolo Camp, Usho in Owo LGA, Albert Link Street, Finger Licking Hotel and Shittu street, all in Akure, the state capital.


In Kano, narcotics agents arrested one Shamsuddeen Muhammad with 21.6kg cannabis concealed inside empty cartons just as 12 suspects were nabbed in several joints across Oyo state with their joints dismantled in areas like Alfa, Sabo Motor Park, Idisin Ijeru, Odo Oba, Gambari, all in Oyo area.


Other joints raided include those in the Igboro area of Saki, Agberele forest joint, also in Saki, Ago Are Market in Atiba LG, Eleyele Motorpark, Eleyele forest, Apete Complex, Sabo Garage, Ojoo, all in Ibadan as well as Odo-Oba, Ogo Oluwa LGA.


Thirty persons were arrested in Kwara state with 29.585kg of assorted drugs-Cocaine, Meth, Tramadol, Diazepam and others, recovered from them in raids that spanned seven drug joints in Lafiagi whereas three persons were apprehended in a number of drug joints in both Oyigbo and Kara Oil Mill area of Rivers State. The raid took place on Saturday, October 9.


Meanwhile, narcotic agents successfully intercepted more than 5kg of Methamphetamine and Cannabis billed for export to Australia, Pakistan, South Korea and Hong Kong. They were neatly concealed within spare parts, Lady’s shoe soles and body creams. They were intercepted by agents attached to the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, inside export consignments from four courier firms.

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