NDLEA Nabs 4 for Cocaine in Teabags at Lagos, Abuja Airports

*Mops Up 88,734 Tramadol Caps, Cracks, Others in Kano, Kaduna, Benue, Akwa Ibom, FCT Raids

OPERATIVES of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have foiled another attempt by Brazil based drug cartels to smuggle substantial quantities of Cocaine into Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Anti-narcotic agents also picked up 4 traffickers of the Class-A illicit substance over the butched importation. One of the suspects, Pascal Ekene Okolo, an indigene of Ihe-Ogwu council of Enugu state, was arrested during an inward clearance of Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo via Doha at the arrival hall of the NAIA on Sunday 17th April.

The 33 year-old Okolo, who claimed to be into wine business in Brazil, was arrested with a travelling bag containing different medicinal teabags, which were used to conceal 4.1kg of cocaine.

On the same day, anti narcotic agents also nabbed a Canada based Nigerian, Anigo Christian GodsPower. The 52 year-old Anigo who hails from Udi local council area of Enugu state, claimed he operated an unregistered Bureau De Change business before delving into the illicit drug trade.

A bid by another cartel to export 950grams of Heroin, concealed in the soles of lady’s footwears, through the MMIA cargo shed, was equally foiled by anti-narcotic officers who have so far arrested two suspects linked to the crime. Those arrested between April 16 and 17 in connection with attempt to export the drug to Monrovia, Liberia include Idokoja Solomon Chukwurah and Patrick John Tochukwu.

Meanwhile, in raids in Kano, Kaduna, Benue and Akwa Ibom states, NDLEA operatives have seized no less than 88,734 doses of Tramadol, Pentazocine, Diazepam and Swinol. In Kano for instance, Aliyu Usman, 28, was arrested at Railway area of the state capital with 47,000 capsules of Tramadol and 2,000 ampules of pentazocine injection on Tuesday, April 19 while Saminu Usman, 28, was nabbed with 24,710 Tramadol tablets at Gadar Tamburawa area of Kano two days earlier.
In Benue, another dealer, Emeka Eze was arrested at an NDLEA checkpoint at Adikpo, Kwande Local Government area of the state with 10,000 Tramadol capsules and 900 tablets of swinol, while in Kaduna state, the duo of Raphael Daniel and David Musa were arrested at Mando park, Kaduna with 1kg of Cocaine on Thursday, April 21.

A week after Muhammad Sani Ibrahim sent 12.1kg of cannabis from Lagos to Kaduna, operatives were able to trace and arrest him last Thursday and brought him to Kaduna after his consignment was intercepted. Another dealer, Kamilu Ibrahim was also arrested same day at Kargi village in Kubau council area of Kaduna state with 10.6kg of Cannabis Sativa, while Bashir Ibrahim was arrested on Friday, April 22 after his four consignments containing Cannabis Sativa, weighing 44.6kg, were intercepted three days earlier along Abuja-Kaduna express road.

In Akwa Ibom state, operatives arrested two female drug dealers, Eno-Obong Edet, 36, and Hossana Esema Ukpong, 28, with various quantities of Rohypnol, Diazepam, Tramadol and Cannabis while a suspected fake security agent was arrested on Saturday, April 23, in Abuja while moving 23.8kg of cannabis from Lagos to Maiduguri, Borno state.

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