NDLEA Nabs Cleaner, Leader of Lagos Airport Drug Syndicate

*Raids Car Shop, Recovers Drugs

*Launches Manhunt for Motor Dealer

*SeizesTons of Narcotics in Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe, Edo, Delta, Others

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August 28, 2022

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested one Ohiagu Sunday, a cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, who doubles as one of the drug kingpins operating at the international wing of the airport.

In a statement made available to newsmen by its Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, Sunday, was arrested on Tuesday, August 23, following the arrest of an intending passenger, Obinna Jacob Osita, on Airpeace flight to Dubai, UAE.
Osita, the statement said, was caught with three bags, two of which contained eight blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 4.25kg and concealed inside cassava product, gari and crayfish.
Besides Osita, anti-narcotics at the airport also nabbed another accomplice at the airport whose identity was disclosed just as they have ommenced manhunt for another who escaped immediate arrest.
Investigations, the statement revealed, showed that a Dubai-based drug dealer recruited Obinna, a 42-year-old native of Oyi council area of Anambra state to traffic the drugs, having contracted Ohiagu, a 34-year-old airport cleaner from Orlu West council area of Imo state to create access for the unhindered passage of the trafficker.
The drug syndicate bust, the first drug arrest at the new terminal of the MMIA, comes on the heels of the seizure of a consignment of bottles of viju and fearless energy drinks used to conceal skunk for export to Dubai, UAE, through the NAHCO Export Shed, on Monday, August 15. A freight agent has already been arrested in connection with the seizure.
An attempt by a syndicate to export illicit drugs through the Lagos airport, was also foiled on Wednesday, August 24, during an outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline to Oman via Addis Ababa.
A suspect, Jonah Chukwuemeka, was arrested with a total of 1,995 Tramadol tablets with a gross weight of 900 grams, hidden in locust beans in his luggage. The bag containing the illicit substance was allegedly handed over to him at the airport by one Olagunju Abbas, who was promptly arrested.
On Thursday, August 25, operatives of the Nigerian Customs at the Cargo Wing, MMIA, handed over packs of Tramadol 225mg, containing 119,500 capsules, to the NDLEA. The consignment, NDLEA statement said, arrived from Pakistan via Ethiopian Airline.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives, according to the statement, raided a car shop, Bolak Motors, Ewela bus stop, Oshodi, Lagos, on Saturday. The raids yielded bags of cannabis sativa, weighing 615.2kg, cannabis sativa, all of which were recovered along with nine vehicles.
Efforts are ongoing to track the car dealer, Alhaji Ismail, proved abortive as he is currently at large.
Within the last few weeks, NDLEA operatives have arrested no fewer than eight suspects with numerous bags of illicit drugs in raids of drug joints in Akerele area of Agege, Shogunle and Mafoluku areas of Oshodi, Fagba area of Ogba, Ipodo area of Ikeja and Iyana Ipaja park, all in Lagos state.
In Yobe state, anti-narcotics arrested two suspected fake security agents along Potiskum- Damaturu road. The duo were conveying 14kg cannabis sativa to Maiduguri, Borno state.
They also arrested one Adetula Olarenwaju with four blocks of cannabis sativa on Thursday, August 25, on his way from Lagos, while Sadiq Garba who was on his way from Gombe was nabbed with 22 blocks of the substance on Saturday, August 27.
In Edo state, Abu Segun Sunday, was arrested with 48.4kg cannabis at Idk quarter, Ibilo, while Rosemary Afekhuai was caught with 1,130 tramadol caps, among others at Oluma quarters, Otuo, Owan East council area.
In Delta state, Mustapha Isah, was arrested at Oko Market with 9, 800 Tramadol Caps, weighing 6.4kg, while NDLEA operatives in Kaduna also nabbed Chinedu Onnuka, at Narayi Kaduna, with 33,000 tablets of Bromazepam.
No fewer than 80 blocks of cannabis sativa were recovered from an abandoned tricycle with reg. no: BAU 70 WL while 25,000 tablets of exol-5 were seized from a dealer, Usman Muhammed, who was nabbed along Bauchi-Gombe road.
A raid operation at a market in Mubi, Adamawa state, on Wednesday, August 24, led to the seizure of 62,360 tablets of tramadol, diazepam and exol-5 while two suspects, Sirajo Idris and Anas Abubakar were arrested same day with 107 pallets of cannabis at Kamba, a border town in Kebbi state. The skunk, weighing 90kg, was smuggled in from Benin Republic.
In Kano, a drug dealer Lawal Adamu, 31, was arrested along Zaria-Kano road, Kwanar Dangora, with 203 blocks of cannabis weighing 136kg, while another suspect, Taheer Abdullahi, was nabbed on Friday, August 26, at Gadar Tamburawa, with 3000 ampules of tramadol injection.
A raid operation at Kara Masaka, back of Mararaba market, and Zamani estate on Saturday, August 27, led to the arrest of 26 suspects, while 25.7kg cannabis, 4.5kg codeine and 300 tablets of rohypnol tablets were seized from the drug joints raided.
In Sokoto state, the village head of Ruga, Shagari council area, Alhaji Umaru Mohammed, aka Danbala, a notorious drug dealer who was arrested on Monday, August 22, will be facing charges any moment from now.
Before his recent arrest during which 436.381kg cannabis and 1kg diazepam were recovered from his house, an earlier raid on his home on July 20, 2022, had also led to the seizure of 11.5kg cannabis, 2.259kg exol5 and 500grams of diazepam.

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