A 76-year-old grandfather, Osagie Robert, has been arrested in the Egor, Oredo area of Edo State for importing drug chocolates and cookies from Canada into Nigeria to sell.
Also arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is a suspected fake security agent, Godwin Ilevbare, a.k.a Edwin Agbon.
The septuagenarian, popularly called old soldier, was arrested on January 7, for dealing in Cannabis while Ilevbare was nabbed during a controlled delivery of a consignment shipped into Nigeria through a courier company.
Soon after the suspect signed for the consignment, undercover operatives embedded in the courier firm arrested him at his apartment in Benin city on January 4.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed the arrest via a statement on Sunday, said the consignment, which emanated from Canada, contains Colorado brand of Cannabis concealed inside chocolates and cookies weighing 6.491 kilograms, while the drug cookies and chocolates weighed 5.566 kg and 0.383 kg respectively.
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“In a related development, a 48-year-old Iloduba Augustine, a passenger of Ethiopian airline that arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was on new year eve arrested and placed on observation during which he confessed to having swallowed 58 pellets of cocaine out of which he excreted 48 pellets which were delivered to a Kenyan while on transit in Addis Ababa for a fee of N1million,” the statement read.
“He said he continued his journey to Nigeria with the remaining 10 pellets in his stomach, which according to him, he intended to sell in Lagos. The wraps of cocaine were later excreted at 10:40 am on New Year day, 1st Jan.”
In Niger State, 23-year-old Simon Richard, a 500 level student of the Dept. of Agric Economics and Extension, Federal University of Technology, Minna was arrested at Gidan Kwano Talba road, Minna with different quantities of Loud and Tramadol on Thursday 6th January.
This is even as a 21-year-old lady, Shidoo Ben was arrested with 14 pinches of crack cocaine at Jada Hotel, Otukpo area of Benue State on January Friday 7.
She was said to have travelled from Abuja to sell the drug in Benue. T
In a raid in Jigbele Lota camp, Owo area of Ondo State, NDLEA operatives were led to the recovery of 598kg cannabis and the arrest of Chukwuemeka Azi on January 6.
In Ogun state, two suspects: Ajoke Samuel, 60, and Ogundairo Taye, 37, were arrested in Itaka and Odo Eran areas of Abeokuta North with different quantities of cannabis Sativa, just as Ibrahim Adamu and Yahaya Mohammed were nabbed with 81kg cannabis along Ilorin-Jebba expressway on Tuesday 4th Jan.
“In Plateau state, three siblings: Emmanuel Ngyang Jajoang; Timothy Ngyang Jajoang and Markus Ngyang Jajoang were arrested on Thursday 6th Jan. at Kwakwi village, Riyom LGA with different quantities of cannabis and a locally made pistol.
“At least, two suspects: Sunny Daniel and Joseph Chukwube were arrested in different parts of Rivers state with quantities of Methamphetamine; Heroin; Cannabis Sativa and Cocaine as well as N364, 500 cash on Thursday 6th Jan.
“In Delta state, NDLEA operatives supported by soldiers on Wednesday 5th Jan. raided a warehouse in Abbi town, Ndokwa West LGA, where two variants of cannabis; Loud and skunk weighing 56.5kg believed to be imported from a neighbouring country as well as two suspects: Miss Lillian Echicheli and Collins Uzokwe were seized,” the statement added.
In his remarks, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of Edo, Enugu Airport, Niger, Ogun, Kwara, Plateau, Rivers, Ondo, Benue and Delta commands for the arrests.
He equally hailed officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, for starting the new year with a strong message to drug cartels that the agency will not relent in its determination and efforts against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.