*Arrests Motor Parts Dealer, 11 Others in Bayelsa, Rivers, Bauchi, Kogi, Enugu, Gombe, Ogun, Kwara for Drug Trafficking
THE Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has recorded another major break in its quest to rid the country of illicit substances as its operatives intercepted fresh consignments of Cocaine and Heroin with a combined weight of 16.85 kg with a street value over N4.9 billion.
The operatives intercepted and seized the consignments at the Apapa seaport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, with four persons are already being investigated for the 13.65kg Cocaine seized on board a ship, MV Karteria that came into the Apapa port from Santos, Brazil on Sunday November 7.
The development is coming barely three weeks after another Brazilian registered vessel, MV Chayanee Naree, also from Santos, Brazil, was arrested with 32.9kg.
In a well coordinated follow up operations, no fewer than five persons have been arrested in different parts of Lagos and Delta state in connection to the seizure of 3.200kg Heroin found on a passenger, Christian Osondu, at the E- Arrival hall of the MMIA, on Friday 5th November, during the inward clearance of Air Peace flight passengers from South Africa.
One Ude Onyeka Victor was also picked up in a swift follow up operation at Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos, same day.
In his confessional statement, Onyeka disclosed that his elder brother, Ikenna Ude, based in South Africa, instructed him to collect the bag containing the drug to be handed over to another individual person who would be coming from Delta State.
Anti nacortic operatives later arrested Abanjo Innocent, the expected man from Delta who came to to pick the consignment bag around Cele Bus stop, Okota, on Saturday November 6.
Innocent also confessed that he was contracted by one Oseki Chinedu, based in South Africa, to travel to Lagos to collect the bag and bring it to Agbor junction, Delta State, to another individual.
A third follow up operation led to the arrest of Ihator Theophilus Isioma at Agbor junction on Sunday November 7.
While still their ongoing nationwide anti-narcotic crackdown, NDLEA operatives arrested one Obeluo Emeka from Anambra West council area of Anambra state with 600 grams of Heroin on Saturday, November 13. The suspect, a motor spare parts dealer, based in Douala, Cameroon, had arrived Yenagoa by waterway to waybill the substance to an undisclosed address in Lagos.
Not less than four suspects were arrested and different quantities of cocaine, cannabis, tramadol and Methamphetamine seized from them during weekend raids at Rumuokoro, Elelenwo and Omagwa/Elele communities in Rivers state. Those arrested include, Elizabeth Iniama, Sir King Emmanuel, Godgift King and Amadi Bright.
A total of 18.51kg of assorted illicit drugs were recovered on Saturday November 13 when NDLEA operatives raided neighborhoods around Bayan Gari and Sir Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi town, Bauchi state, where two suspects, Mr. Gabriel Iwagbunan and Ms. Cecilia Ezena were arrested.
Hadiza Ibrahim, 23, was arrested on Saturday, November 12, along Okene-Lokoja highway, with 54kg of cannabis while one Sunday Nnam, aka Idowu, was nabbed same day in Emene area of Enugu, with 45kg of same substance.
In like manner, one Umar Muhammad was arrested with 25,700 capsules of Tramadol, weighing 15.1kg, in Tudun Hatsi area of Gombe town, Gombe state.
In Ogun state, following credible intelligence, two suspects, David Oduku and Ifeanyi Raphael, were intercepted along Ore- Shagamu expressway, with 364.98kg of cannabis being conveyed in a blue Toyota sienna bus while two suspects, Buhari Jamiu and Ajibola Jimoh, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday, November 14, with 189kg of cannabis at Olorunlagba, Bode Saadu area of Kwara state.