*Intercepts UK, Saudi-Bound Cocaine Concealed in Synthetic Hair
OPERATIVES of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, successfully arrested six merchants drug-ladened cookies and noodles in a raid at an Abuja relaxation centre, popularly called Garden.
The raid and subsequent arrest followed receipt of credible intelligence report about the fun spot, behind Sjoprite, Wuse Zone 5, where one Rachael Famiyesun, 29, who specializes in selling cookies was arrested along with her salesgirl, Stella Sunday, 20.
Along with the cookies, the duo were also caught selling bottles of black currant drink popularly called Zobo prepared with cannabis.
Yet, the operatives arrested another business operator in the garden, Moses Obi, 30, who, alongside his salesgirl, Aisha Abdulrahman, 19, was nabbed for selling indomie noodles prepared with cannabis. A barman, Ahonye Jonah, 31, who works with the owner of the garden, was equally arrested while one of their customers, 38-year-old Ngozi Justina Emelogu, was also picked up during the raid on Wednesday, January 19.
Two days earlier, officers of the FCT command of the Agency equally raided the Zuba Yam Market, where a drug dealer, Haruna Hassan was arrested with 19.3kg cannabis.
Meanwhile, NDLEA agents bursted attempts by drug traffickers to export 1.53 kg of cocaine, hidden inside hair cream to London, and another 880 grams of cocaine concealed inside synthetic hair to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as well as 3 grams of cocaine and 5grams of cannabis to Cyprus packed inside locally made shoes through two major courier companies in Lagos.
On Tuesday, January 18. NDLEA operatives of the Edo state command intercepted a Toyota Camry car with reg. No. FKJ 897 DG, LAGOS, loaded with 360.4kg Cannabis sativa, heading to Abuja and arrested the driver, Nurudeen Subaru, 42, in Auchi, Etsako West council area of the state. The following day, officers of the command also evacuated 111kg of cannabis stored in a bush at Iruekpen, Esan West council area while 276 compressed blocks of the same substance, weighing 248.4kg, were recovered from one Austin Okongwu, a.k.a Igwe, 45, at Agenebode, Etsako East council area while moving the drug in a Lexus saloon car with reg. no. ABC 583 MJ, ABUJA.
On the same Wednesday January 19, a raid on a drug joint in Benin City, the Edo state capital, led to the arrest of three drug dealers, Kelly Ogbebor, 38, Daniel Oviawe, 35, and Kelly Kenmakonam, 29, with different quantities of cocaine and heroin seized from them.
In Plateau state on Sunday, January 16, operatives scuttled attempt by 29-year-old Ifeoma Godwin Sade, wife of a drug dealer, Ifeanyi Onyeasi, 34, to swallow 12grams of cocaine found in their house at Agingi, Rukuba road, Jos, during an arrest operation. The illicit substance was retrieved from her throat. Also recovered from them was a monetary exhibit of Two Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty (N234, 650) Naira Only.
On Wednesday, January 19, NDLEA operatives from the Plateau state command, seized different quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine and tramadol from two suspects, Aliyu Abdullahi and Ishaya Emmanuel, when they intercepted a commercial bus with reg. number GME711YX, bringing them from Lagos to Yola, Adamawa state, along Abuja road.
In Adamawa state, on Wednesday, January 19, the long arm of the law eventually caught a notorious drug dealer, Adamu Musa, who has been on the run for nine months. His 31-year-old elder sister, Mrs. Hannatu Sini was arrested on April 16, 2021, at Gombi council area of Adamawa with 14.400kg of cannabis sativa and admitted keeping the exhibit for her younger brother, Adamu Musa who was subsequently placed on the wanted list of the command. This is even as an ex-convict, Mrs. Modinat Lawal, was arrested in Kano on Wednesday, January 19, with 22kg cannabis sativa she brought into Nigeria from Benin Republic. She had earlier been arrested, prosecuted and jailed for the same offence. The Ogun state born trafficker claimed then that her name was Bola.