NDLEA Intercepts 2.3million Opiod Tabs for Distribution in 7 Northern States

*Arrests Grandpa Who Ships Illicit Drugs to His Daughter in Dubai


August 21, 2022.

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted well over 2.3million tablets of illicit pharmaceutical opioids and other psychoactive substances meant for distribution in seven Northern Nigerian states of Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Sokoto and Zamfara.

The drugs were seized in series of interdiction operations in the past week.

In a statement made available to newsmen, the agency disclosed that it intercepted a total of Two Million Three Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty Three, 2, 325, 553.00, tablets and capsules of Tramadol, Pregabalin, Hypnox, Diazepam and Exol-5, including 7, 353 bottles of a new psychoactive substance, locally called Akuskura, meant for the seven states, from locations across Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto, and the FCT.

While giving a breakdown of the seizure, NDLEA pointed out that it arrested a drug dealer, Umar Sanusi, during one of its follow-operations in Kano on Friday, August 12.

Sanusi, according to the statement, was brought back to Kaduna where his consignment of 50 cartons of pregabalin 300mg, containing 750,000 capsules, weighing 375kgs, earlier seized along Abuja-Kaduna expressway, was counted and weighed in his presence.

Same day, NDLEA operatives also intercepted 7,068 bottles of a new dangerous substance of abuse called Akuskura, along Abuja-Kaduna express road. They were meant for distribution in Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara states, The recipients in Kaduna and Zamfara have also been arrested during follow up operations.

The agency stated also that its operatives recovered 285 bottles of the NPS from a dealer, Abubakar Ahmad, along the same highway, on Saturday, August 13.

The statement added that anti-narcotics were equally on target In Kogi state where they seized no fewer than 696,000 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5, among others, loaded into a truck at Onitsha, Anambra state, onward Maiduguri, Borno state. The drugs were impounded along the Okene-Abuja expressway on Friday, August 19, while another 300,000 tablets of Diazepam were recovered from a suspect, Faruku Bello, 30, in Sokoto State on Wednesday, August 17.

In Abuja, the FCT, anti-narcotic officers equally intercepted a bus load, with 323, 200 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and others at Onitsha, Anambra state heading to Nasarawa state, at the weekend. Driver of the vehicle, Osita Nwobodo, 45, who made fruitless bids to compromise the operatives was taken into custody.

NDLEA agents, the statement went on, equally arrested one Abibu Afis Sola, a major importer of Loud variant of cannabis from the United States. He was arrested in connection with a 19.30kg of Colorado consignment from Los Angeles, USA, intercepted on June 30 at the NAHCO cargo import shed of the Lagos airport. While he was still in custody undergoing interrogations, another consignment of Loud, weighing 37.1kg, intercepted on July 7. It was also traced to him.

In yet another development, according to the statement, a 63-year-old grandfather, Afolabi Abideen KolaWole, is among several others arrested on Thursday, August 4, by anti-narcotic operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos. He was picked up for attempting to ship illicit substances to his daughter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE.

KolaWole was arrested in Ibadan, Oyo state, on Thursday, August 18, after more than four sets of arrests eventually unraveled him. He confessed that he was responsible for the concealment and packaging of the cannabis inside the black native soap used as mode of concealment. He also admitted this was his second attempt at sending such illicit substance to his daughter, Barakat, in Dubai.

A freight agent, Miss Njoko Elizabeth, 37, has been arrested for attempting to export 250grams of Tramadol and cannabis to Dubai through the NAHCO export shed, NDLEA statement continued. The drug exhibits were concealed inside some gallons of palm oil and honey, which were packed among food items and hair attachment.

Yet, another consignment of 249,600 tablets of Tramadol 225mg was recovered from a shipment from India at the SAHCO import shed of the airport, the agency stated. The consignment, which arrived via Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airline flight on Thursday, August 4, was eventually evacuated on Wednesday, August 17, as an abandoned seizure.

Among others, NDLEA disclosed that its operatives picked up one Italy-bound passenger, Oziengbe Ehighalua Andrew, 55, on Friday, August 19, with 600grams of Tramadol 200mg while attempting to board Royal Air Maroc flight to Italy, via Casablanca. Similarly, seven cartons of khat leaf with a total weight of 295kg, were seized at the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport. The consignment came into Nigeria from Tanzania through Cairo on Egypt Air.

NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier firms, have intercepted 11.36kg of heroin and cannabis packaged for UAE, Netherlands and Omar. The drugs were concealed in dictionary, fancy light and body cream.

In Niger state, 139 bags and 176 compressed blocks of cannabis loaded in Ogere, Ogun state and heading to Zaria, Kaduna state, were seized by NDLEA operatives along Abuja-Kaduna road, Suleja, from a company vehicle while the driver, Sani Mohammed, 44, and his assistant, Abubakar Abubakar, 30, were arrested.

Raids carried out in Akala, Mushin area of Lagos state, also led to the arrest of Pelumi Goodness and Ola Funke while over 1,171.75kg cannabis and 29 litres of codeine syrup were recovered.

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