*As It Intercepts Seizes 12,385kg Drugs Smuggled into Lagos Via Waterways
*Arrests 70-Year-Old Woman, Others Over 6,586kg Narcotics in Edo, Delta, Kano, Yobe
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has scored another major goal against drug traffickers in the country as its operatives intercepted12,385kg of Loud Cannabis, a strong variant of the illicit weed imported from a neighbouring country and smuggled into Lagos through the waterways.
The operatives made the breakthrough over the weekend after receiving intelligent reports that drug dealers were ferrying 12, 385 pellets of Loud Cannabis into Nigeria from a neigh outing West African nation through the ocean into the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, from where they would be distributed to drug Hotspot in Lagos including the Island, Peti Alagba and other drug hotspots across Lagos and other states.
Acting on the information, over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, November 27, 2021, and recovered the consignments along with two long trucks, a Toyota Sienna bus and arrested three suspects, including Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.
Operatives of the agency from Edo state command arrested a 70-year-old woman, Mrs. Beatrice Aigbedion. Se was among suspects arrested in parts of the state in connection with the seizure of over 5,000kg of assorted illicit drugs. The arrests took place on Wednesday, November 24, after days of surveillance, during which the operatives stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East council area of the state.
At the point of her arrest in Irrua, Mrs. Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol while another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakponba, Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg.
Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, November 25, at Irrua, Esan Central council area with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol. A total of 4,261.5kg of cannabis sativa was recovered during the raid in which one suspect, Ikong Stanley, was arrested.
The operatives also intercepted 1,240kg of cannabis sativa the previous day, Tuesday, November 23, from a warehouse in Uzebba, Owan West council area of the state.
Raids by narcotic operative in Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam road, Asaba, Delta state, led to the arrest of Obedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka. The duo were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances, while another dealer, Emeka Ben, was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine along Asaba – Ibusa road.
Other suspects arrested in the state for dealing in Meth, Cannabis, Cocaine, and Heroin on Thursday, November 25, include Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika.
A drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested in Kano 143kg of cannabis recovered from him while 466kg of the same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo state but resident in Kano. Shaibu allegedly deals in cannabis sativa.
On Thursday, November 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Borno state, Chima Obi, was arrested in a follow up operation following the seizure of his 73.2kg codeine consignment, 73.2kg codeine, at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe state same day.