NDLEA Clamp Down on Suspected Traffickers, Seizes Narcotics in 8 States

December 20, 2021
Narcotics

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has continued to intensify its efforts to curb the narcotics menace in Nigeria following several operations that led to the arrest of many suspected traffickers in eight states.

According to Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, the agency raided two clandestine drug stores in Lagos where a pregnant woman was arrested with 1,442 kilograms of skunk.

It was also stated that four men including a 62-year-old were also arrested with 182,000 tablets of Tramadol during the raid.

He stated that the 27-year-old pregnant woman was arrested on December 17 when NDLEA operatives raided her store and home in the Ojo area of Lagos.

He added that another suspect was also nabbed with 29 kilogrammes of the illicit drug in the same location.

“The previous day, December 16, operatives had equally raided a hideout in Abule-Egba area of the state.

“This was where the suspects were arrested with 182,000 tablets of Tramadol 1n 225mg.

“In similar raids across eight other states of Rivers, Kogi, Benue, Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo, more than 4,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were seized,’’ Mr Babafemi also stated.

He added that during a routine stop and search at Obigbo, on Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway on December 18, NDLEA intercepted a consignment of Tramadol.

The consignment, he explained, was concealed in a commercial Toyota Hiace bus with a waybill addressed to another suspect.

A follow-up operation led to the other suspect’s arrest.

Different quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Indian hemp, Tramadol, Exol-5, Swinol, and Diazepam were recovered from the second suspect, Babafemi added

“In Kogi, one suspect was arrested with 95.945kg of Indian hemp at Egba Town.

“A suspect was arrested with 10.5kg Indian hemp on the Okene-Lokoja Highway while yet another was arrested with 65kg Indian hemp on the same road.

“No fewer than 20,000 capsules of Tramadol coming from Onitsha, Anambra, were seized at Otukpo, Benue and a suspect arrested.

“In Adamawa, a search operation in a house at Ajiya Street, Jimeta, led to the arrest of a female suspect with 16 pinches of cocaine,’’ he also stated.

Mr Babafemi added that a raid at Success Line, Marine Modern Market, Onitsha, led to the seizure of 234kg Indian hemp and the arrest of a suspect.

He stated also that one suspect was arrested in Okpuje, Owan West LGA on December 18, with 481kg Indian hemp and another suspect with 81kg at Sobe.

“In Ekiti, 1,420kg of Indian hemp was recovered from Ara in Ikole LGA, while in Akure, Ondo State, operatives arrested one female suspect in her residence at Itamo Igoba, with 573kg Indian hemp.

“In other parts of the state, 450kg of Indian hemp was seized on Ipele-Idoani Road, and 420.5kg Indian hemp also recovered at Ogkogu camp, Ipele, both in Owo LGA,’’ Mr Babafemi stated.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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