Dug trafickers

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have intercepted London, United Kingdom-bound consignments of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and cannabis at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State, Punch Newspaper reports.

The NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said narcotic officers on Thursday, October 28, during outward routine clearance of cargoes at the NAHCO export shed of the airport intercepted 20 parcels of cocaine weighing 1.2 kilogrammes concealed in packets of Zee black soap.

Also recovered were 23 parcels of heroin weighing 1.4kg hidden in packets of Zee black soap and 39 parcels of 2.35kg methamphetamine concealed in another black soap packet.

Babafemi recalled that on October 21, a cargo was intercepted at the NAHCO shed of the MMIA, where 7.35kgs of cannabis concealed inside some tablets of a black soap was recovered.

The spokesman noted that three suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.

“Barely a week after she was arrested and granted bail for attempting to smuggle drugs concealed in cassava flour meal called ‘akpu’ into NDLEA cell for a suspect in custody, a nursing mother who claimed to be a part-time 400-level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, Mariam Adetilewa Dirisu, has again been arrested for trafficking in 5kg skunk and 8.1grams of Molly.”

“The 35-year-old mother of a two month-old-baby was first arrested on October 21 by the Edo State Command of the agency. The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.), had on the same day directed that she be counselled and released immediately because of the young baby she was carrying.”

“Curiously, a controlled delivery operation carried out by operatives of the Delta State Command of the agency on Saturday, October 30, again led to the arrest of Mariam, who ordered the drugs from Lagos, even while still on bail for an earlier offence,” the statement added.

In Ondo State, the agency said it seized 1,645kg of cannabis in three interdiction operations in different parts of the state.

According to the NDLEA, operatives on October 28 stormed the Emure cannabis farm camp where 313kg of cannabis were seized and seven suspects — Paul Godwin, Michael Nnaji, Ezugu Lucky, Omolu Sunday, Simon Taiwo, David Udofia, and M. Suleiman — were arrested.

“Operatives had the previous day raided the Ipele-Idoani Forest where 534kg of abandoned compressed cannabis was recovered just as a total of 798kg of cannabis was seized from two suspects: Gbenga Falodun and Faseyitan Opeyemi at the Ikare Junction, in the Owo area of the state.

“Also recovered from them were a white Mercedes Benz truck and monetary exhibit of N20,000,” the statement said.

 In a related development, the NDLEA said two suspected fake security agents: Umar Ibrahim and Sadiq Abubakar, as well as their accomplice, Auwal Hassan, were arrested in Kogi State.

The suspects were reported to be conveying a total of 105.4kg of cannabis from Ondo State to Kaduna State on October 30 in a Mercedes Benz when they were arrested.

Babafemi said, “Raids on three black spots in Oshodi, Ikeja and Ogba areas of Lagos State on October 23 also led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female SS II student of the Idi-Araba Senior High School, Walaka Adams, who was arrested at 72, Mafoluku Road, Oshodi, with 100g of cannabis sativa; Sodiq Ganun, a 24-year-old wielder with 200g of cannabis at the same address; and Tajudeen Azeez, arrested at Ipodo, Ikeja, with 9g of cocaine. At a drug joint in the Ogba area of Ikeja, different quantities of abandoned drugs, such as molly, rohypnol and codeine-based syrups were also recovered.”

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