*Arrests 39 in Abuja Raids
*Destroys 5.3 Hectares of Cannabis Farm in Edo
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a Nigeria-based Congolese, Kandigu Kadi and a Nigerian, Makowulu Ebuka Anthony. The duo were picked up at the NAHCO and SAHCO Export Sheds of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, for attempting to export controlled and illicit drugs to the United States of America and Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
While Kandigu was arrested on Tuesday, May 31, for attempting to export 2.100kg of pentazocine injection, Makowulu was nabbed on Friday, June 3, in connection with an attempt to export parcels of cannabis sativa concealed in cereals packs to Dubai through the SAHCO cargo shed.
Investigations reveal that the pentazocine consignment was being sent to Kinshasa, Congo, while a similar package, containing 200 bottles of pentazocine injection, intercepted a week earlier at the airport, was heading to the US.
Makowulu was caught with eight parcels of cannabis, weighing 2.90kg, concealed in Nutribom Cereals cartons among other natural packs of the cereal, as part of a consolidated cargo meant for different people in Dubai.
Meanwhile, anti-narcotic officers in Edo have intercepted 10,280 tablets of Tramadol, 2000 tablets of Diazepam, 300 tablets of Swinol, 5000 tablets of Axol and 10 bottles of Codeine based syrup in Irrua area of the state. They also destroyed 5.301713 hectares of cannabis farm in Oke forest, Ovia North East council area, as part of efforts to disrupt all cannabis planting activities for the season in the state.
In Yobe state, NDLEA operatives on Friday, June 9, raided Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum town, where a notorious drug dealer, Usman Alhaji, a.k.a NEPA, was arrested with 22 blocks of cannabis sativa recovered from him.
No fewer than 39 suspects were arrested across drug joints raided in parts of the Federal Capital Territory and different quantities of assorted illicit drugs recovered from them in the past week. Areas raided between Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 11 include Apo Mechanic (Cashew forest), Apo NEPA, Tora Bora, Gishiri junction, Jabi park, Jabi forest, Jabi Gidan Bola, Deidei area, Rugga area, City Gate, Sabon Lugbe, Basa village and Airport road.
The raid, which continues across Abuja, is a joint operation between the FCT Command of the Agency and the Chairman Monitoring Special Task Force to rid the capital territory of the activities of drug dealers and peddlers.