Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend seized 12,385 kilograms of Loud Cannabis, a strong variant of the illicit weed imported from a neighbouring country and smuggled into Lagos through the waterways.
According to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the operatives who were acting on credible intelligence stayed on guard knowing that 12, 385 pellets of Loud Cannabis were to be brought in from the West African country through the ocean.
Mr Babafemi noted that the drugs were ferried with boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island from where they were supposed to be distributed to drug hotspots such as Island, Peti Alagba, and others across Lagos and other states.
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“Over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday 27th November 2021, recovered the consignments along with two long trucks, a Toyota Sienna bus, and arrested three suspects. Those arrested include Abdulkadri Zakari, 24; Ka’abu Sausu, 45, and Lawrence Adie, 27,” the NDLEA spokesman further revealed.
Meanwhile, a 70-year-old woman, Mrs. Beatrice Aigbedion was among suspects arrested in parts of Edo in connection with the seizure of over 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs across the state. After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 24th November stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, where they recovered a total of 4,261.5kg of Cannabis Sativa, and a suspect, Ikong Stanley, was arrested.
The previous day Tuesday 23rd Nov, 1,240kg was equally seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, Owan West LGA of the state.
At the point of her arrest in Irrua last Wednesday, 70-year-old Mrs. Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol, and Rohypnol while another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakponba – Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg.
Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday 25th Nov at Irrua, Esan Central LGA with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol, and Rohypnol.
In Delta State, operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam road, Asaba where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances, while another dealer, Emeka Ben was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine along Asaba – Ibusa road. Other suspects arrested on Thursday 25th Nov in the state for dealing in Meth, Cannabis, Cocaine, and Heroin include Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika.
Similarly, a drug dealer in Kano, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from him while 466kg of the same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo State but resident in Kano, who deals in Cannabis Sativa.
Reeling out more bursts by the NDLEA, Mr Babafemi stated that On Thursday 25th Nov, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Borno state, Chima Obi was arrested in a follow-up operation following the seizure of his drug consignment, 73.2kg codeine, at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe State same day.
In his reaction to the arrests and huge seizures in Lagos, Edo, Delta, Kano, and Yobe states, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men involved in the operations and urged them along with their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars.
He charged them to always strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the Agency are fully achieved.