Fake Policeman, Soldier, 661 Others Arrested As NDLEA Raids Notorious Drug Joints

Some of the suspects arrested by NDLEA operatives.

 

A fake police officer and a soldier suspected to also be fake were among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested when operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) raided notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country.

In the raids which led to the seizure of assorted illicit drugs weighing over 153, 256.876 kilograms, a youth corps member was also arrested.

According to a statement on Sunday by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the drugs seized were destroyed afterward.

He disclosed that in Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in the Mushin area of the state was on Friday 15th October raided by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code-named ‘ Operation Still Waters.’

No less than 27 suspects were arrested while various drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized.

A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized.

This followed another raid in Alhaji Lasisi street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in the Oshodi-Isolo area of the state during which 12 suspects were arrested and over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered.

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Meanwhile, in Ogun state, operatives on Friday 15th October intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue state, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs.

This came on the heels of the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Abel John along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on Wednesday 13th October.

In a similar vein, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Three suspects were also arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku village, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State where over 64kg drugs were recovered on Wednesday 13th October.

In Ekiti state, NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days. The operation, which began on Tuesday continued till Sunday 17th October.

Speaking further on the operations, Mr Babafemi noted that raids across other states in the country have led to the arrest of no fewer than 615 suspects and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilograms recovered.

While commending the officers and men of the Lagos State Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country for their resilience and commitment to the war against illicit substances, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them not to rest on their oars.

He called for continued collaboration between the NDLEA and other stakeholders especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.

Drug Dealer, Manager, Three Workers Bag 75 Years Imprisonment

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

A major drug dealer, Mike Omoarukhe, his manager and three other workers in his cannabis farms have been sentenced to 75 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Benin, the Edo State capital.

This is according to a statement by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) spokesman, Femi Babafemi.

The convicts were charged in July by the NDLEA on five counts bordering on possession of 183.5 kilograms of cannabis sativa, conspiracy to possess, cultivate and cultivation of 22 hectares of cannabis farms.

NDLEA operatives had on July 1, 2021, stormed the Ughieudu forest, Uhunwonde LGA of Edo State, where six persons: Elijah John; Friday Emma; Itoro Emmanuel; Daniel Emmanuel; Udom Etok and Abraham Monday Thompson were arrested with 50kg cannabis.

A follow-up operation in the Ughieudu forest on 3rd July 2021, led to the arrest of Emmanuel Ekpeyoung and the total destruction of three cannabis farms with a combined size of 22. 210421 hectares and seizure of 133. 5kg cannabis.

After weeks of a manhunt for the owner of the farms, the 36-year-old Omoarukhe was later arrested at a drinking joint in Irrua, after which they were all charged to court, except two of them; Udom Etok and Abraham Monday Thompson who were discovered to be minors.

Delivering his judgement in the case on Thursday 14th October, Justice A.C. Obiozor sitting in Court 2 of the Federal High Court, Benin Judicial Division, sentenced the defendants to 15 years on each of the five counts, bringing the total years of imprisonment to 75 years, which will run concurrently.

The judge however gave the convicts an option of N700,000 fine on all the counts.

In reaction to the ruling, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed that immediate appeal be filed at the appellate court against the option of N700, 000 fine granted the convicts by the trial judge.

Similarly, the anti-narcotic agency has filed a notice of appeal against the judgement of a Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice D.E. Osiagor who sentenced two defendants; Clement Ajayi and Bolaji Fajebe, to three years’ imprisonment or a fine of N3,000 and two years’ imprisonment or a fine of N2,000 on the two counts charge of conspiracy and dealing in illicit drugs filed against them in charge number FHC/L/199C/2021.

In a three-ground notice of appeal dated 15 October, signed by the NDLEA’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Mr. Joseph Sunday and filed at the Lagos Division of the court, the Agency contended that the October 8th judgement by Justice Osiagor of giving the two convicts option of N3,000 and N2,000 fine is “ridiculous, unwarrantable, unjustifiable and contrary to public interest”.

It was further submitted that the trial judge did not provide any reason for awarding the ridiculous penalty, which is contrary to “Section 14 of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 LFN 2004 which prescribes a penalty of not less than 15 years and not exceeding 25 years of imprisonment for the offence.”

8,634 Drug Traffickers Arrested, Seizures Worth N100bn Made In 8 Months – Marwa

Ex-Lagos governor, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd) resumes as the new NDLEA Chairman on January 18, 2021 in Abuja.

 

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), says the agency has arrested over 8,634 suspected drug traffickers between January and August 2021.

Marwa, who disclosed this at the Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, also explained that the NDLEA made seizures of more than N100 billion in drugs and cash during the period.

“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs. Perpetrators will go through the criminal justice system, with their fundamental human rights being strictly upheld,” the NDLEA boss stated.

He added that, “against the backdrop of the strong linkage between illicit drug consumption and insecurity, it is worthy of note that Nigeria made its first seizure of 74.119 kg of Captagon brand of amphetamine, presumably destined for use, to fuel insurgency and other violent crimes and criminalities, which Nigeria is currently grappling with”.

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Marwa assured the international community of Nigeria’s preparedness and determination to go after the assets of drug barons and traffickers in any part of the country.

“Nigeria will remain undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals, in order to make drug trafficking unattractive while ensuring forfeiture of the criminally-derived assets, a tested and powerful deterrent to the proliferation of drug crimes and criminalities,” he declared.

According to him, the Nigerian Government has exhibited political will by demonstrating high commitment to the protection of public health and safety with the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign, a call for civil action for all Nigerians to buy in and take full ownership of the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.

“More so, Nigeria’s drug control efforts have received a tremendous thrust with unprecedented stakeholders’ involvement; we have engaged civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, academia and governments at all levels, public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility, even as the youths are regularly sensitized on social media platforms on the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.

“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year. Perpetrators will go through the criminal justice system, with their fundamental human rights, being strictly upheld.”

Mr Marwa appreciated all international partners who he said: “in the spirit of shared responsibility, deserve to be appreciated for their great support through technical assistance, information and intelligence sharing, capacity building and training specifically in the area of countering the use of information and communication technology for criminal purposes”.

According to him, the partnerships have given a great boost to Nigeria’s counter-narcotics strategies.

The NDLEA boss further stated that Nigeria is happy to report that the EU-funded, UNODC sponsored Cannabis Cultivation Survey is expected to bring to the fore, the full extent of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria, and make it easier to target measures to contain this perennial menace.

He told the global gathering that appropriate strategies have also been adopted to address the stigmatisation of people who use drugs, including meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and groups such as women, girls, children (out of school and homeless), internally displaced persons and so on.

General Marwa explained how one of the challenges of the pandemic is the proliferation of online sales of drug cookies and use of courier services to move illicit drugs.

He, however, stressed that the agency has been able to intercept, trace and dismantle most of the drug cells involved.

Nigeria Determined To Target Assets Of Drug Cartels, Marwa Assures At UN

Ex-Lagos governor, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd) resumes as the new NDLEA Chairman on January 18, 2021, in Abuja.

 

Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has assured the international community of Nigeria’s preparedness and determination to go after the assets of drug barons and traffickers in any part of the country.

According to a statement on Tuesday by NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA boss gave the assurance in his presentation at the ongoing third committee session of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

“Nigeria will remain undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals, in order to make drug trafficking unattractive while ensuring forfeiture of the criminally derived assets, a tested and powerful deterrent to the proliferation of drug crimes and criminalities,” Marwa declared.

He added that the Nigerian Government has exhibited political will by demonstrating high commitment to the protection of public health and safety with the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign, a call for civil action for all Nigerians to buy in and take full ownership of the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.

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“More so, Nigeria’s Drug Control efforts have received a tremendous thrust with unprecedented stakeholders’ involvement; we have engaged civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, academia and governments at all levels, public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility, even as the youths are regularly sensitized on social media platforms on the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.

“Our consistent targeting of Drug Trafficking Organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8, 634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over 100 billion Naira in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year. Perpetrators will go through the Criminal Justice system, with their fundamental human rights, being strictly upheld.”

Mr Marwa expressed appreciation to all international partners who he said: “in the spirit of shared responsibility, deserve to be appreciated for their great support through technical assistance, information and intelligence sharing, capacity building and training specifically in the area of countering the use of information and communication technology for criminal purposes”.

According to him, the partnerships have given a great boost to Nigeria’s counter-narcotics strategies.

The NDLEA boss further stated that Nigeria is happy to report that the EU-funded, UNODC sponsored Cannabis Cultivation Survey is expected to bring to the fore, the full extent of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria, and make it easier to target measures to contain this perennial menace.

He told the global gathering that appropriate strategies have also been adopted to address the issue of stigmatisation of people who use drugs, including meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and groups such as women, girls, children (out of school and homeless), internally displaced persons and so on.

General Marwa explained how one of the challenges of the pandemic is the proliferation of online sales of drug cookies and use of courier services to move illicit drugs.

He, however, stressed that the agency has been able to intercept, trace and dismantle most of the drug cells involved.

Part of the successes of Nigeria’s drug war efforts, Marwa noted is the recent “first seizure of 74.119kg of Captagon brand of Amphetamine, presumably destined for use, to fuel insurgency and other violent crimes and criminalities, which Nigeria is currently grappling with.”

Why Cannabis Cannot Be Legalised In Nigeria Now – Marwa

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd)

 

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) on Friday said cannabis cannot be legalised in the country considering the current security challenges.

Speaking during a public lecture in Akure the Ondo state capital, Marwa said “the proliferation of illicit drugs often engenders a pattern of crime, chaos and conflict.”

The NDLEA boss was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho.

According to the NDLEA boss, hard drugs is the driver of high crime rate and violent killings in the inner cities of advanced world countries.

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“In developing or Third World countries, it is the escalator of strife, pogroms and civil war, and has played a big role in countries torn to pieces by tribal war, such as it is playing out in Syria, which has become the hotbed of Captagon, and Afghanistan, which controls the opium trade,” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Babafemi.

“We have seen narco-terrorism in countries like Colombia and Mexico where drug cartels are law unto themselves and are as powerful, if not more powerful, than the State. So, there are real cases, not scenarios, of where and how illicit substances played a role in a society’s rapid descent into chaos and tettering on the brink of a failed state.

“So the pertinent question for us today is: Has drugs played any role in the festering insecurity in Nigeria? The answer is yes. Of this we have ample evidence.”

Bearing in mind the security challenges across the country, Marwa stated, “We do not have the luxury of allowing a narcotic economy to take root and thrive in our society. Africa, nay, Nigeria has enough problems without adding the burden of narco-terrorism.

“Of all the known illicit substances, Cannabis sativa is the only one that is native to Nigeria and it is the most abused of all illicit drugs, and from the findings of the National drug Survey of 2018, cannabis is becoming a national albatross”

He equally warned that the population of Nigerians that depend on cannabis alone is more than the population of countries like Portugal, Greece or the Republic of Benin.

Marwa therefore warned that the nation cannot afford to toy with the grim reality of the danger of legalising cannabis when all the needed infrastructure to monitor and control that are still far from being in place.

Four Arrested As NDLEA Uncovers Abuja Hotel Where Drugs Are Sold

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have uncovered a hotel in Abuja where drugs are allegedly sold and young ladies camped for commercial sex.

At least four persons; three ladies and a man were arrested when the said drug joint, JAT Suites, located at 30 Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2 was raided and some quantities of Rohypnol and paraphernalia – for smoking crack cocaine –  were recovered on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Investigations reveal that the hotel is operated without requisite approvals in a high-profile neighborhood and patronised by call girls while the bar serves as the spot to smoke and sell drugs to the young girls and their customers.

In a statement on Sunday, the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, explained that the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa has directed the FCT Command and the Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations of the agency to do all within the law to ensure the property is forfeited to the Federal Government to serve as a deterrent to others who allow their premises to be used for drug dealing.

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A photo collage of the suspects.

 

Similarly, one Ms. Ozigbo Joy Nneka was arrested at the NAHCO Export Shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday while trying to export packs of codeine tablets weighing 15.15kg to the United Kingdom.

A day earlier, narcotic officers at the airport also arrested one Nwajindo Ndubuisi Emmanuel during inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers at the e-arrival hall. Some bottles of codeine weighing 5.65kg were recovered from him.

Also at the airport, a total of 150.30kg of khat was seized on Monday 20th September after six weeks of placing the consignment, which arrived at SAHCO shed on August 2, via a Kenya Airways cargo flight, on surveillance.

In a related development, two female part one students of the Edo State Polytechnic, Uzen, Babalola Modupe Angel (19) and Esekhagbe Sonia (20) were arrested on Thursday, with 21 wraps of skunk, while another lady, Chioma Okocha, 25, was arrested the following day when she reportedly tried to deliver 200 grams of crack cocaine to a customer at an eatery in Benin.

Earlier on the same day, men of the Irrua Area Command of the agency, working on actionable intelligence, evacuated 10 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 135kg in Amahor bush in Igueben. The exhibits were stored and ready for transportation to other parts of the country.

In the same vein, men of the Okada Area Command in the early hours of Sunday 26th September evacuated 2,937 kilograms of cannabis sativa from Utese forest in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo state.

In Kaduna State, Mrs. Fatima Musa, a widow and notorious drug dealer was arrested on Saturday 18th September at Afana village in Zango Kataf LGA while moving 12kg of cannabis to Jos.

She had earlier been convicted and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on 7th July 2020 following her arrest on 3rd March 2020 with 45kg of cannabis sativa.

While commending the officers and men of the FCT, MMIA, Edo and Kaduna commands of the agency for the raids, arrests and seizures in the past week, Gen. Marwa urged them not to rest on their oars until drug trafficking is reduced to the barest minimum in Nigeria.

NDLEA Arrests Trafficker With Cocaine Worth N2.3bn At Abuja Airport

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

A Nigerian, Okey Eze, who claims to be a tiler by profession has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3billion in street value.

The 38-year-old Eze, from Orji River, in the Oji-River Local Government area of Enugu State, was arrested on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight number 911 enroute Bamako-Addis Ababa- Abuja.

The suspect, Okey Eze,

 

NDLEA spokesman in a statement on Thursday noted that the illicit drug weighing 7.70kilograms was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.

In his confession, Eze, a resident of Bamako, Mali, said he traveled to Mali through the Seme border in Badagry, Lagos state in 2019. He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brother’s four children.

The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a fee of N500, 000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.

He also said the bag containing the drugs was given to him on Wednesday morning at the Addis Ababa airport.

Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the Commander, officers, and men of the command for their vigilance.

He said the new NDLEA under his leadership would continue to deal with various cartels trying to turn Nigeria into a hub of illicit drugs.

Drug Trafficking: Italy-Bound Lady, Pregnant Woman And Fake Soldier Arrested

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, continued their nationwide offensive action against drug traffickers in the past week, seizing hundreds of kilograms of illicit substances at the airports, courier firms, hideouts and destroying hectares of cannabis farms in remote forests.

According to the agency’s latest statement on Sunday, attempts by a female passenger, Isesele Obehi and one Emmanuel Chibuzor Omebere to allegedly export illicit drugs to Europe through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja were thwarted by narcotic officers who arrested them shortly before they boarded their flights.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi explained that Isesele was nabbed on Saturday 11th September, 2021 during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight at Gate B departure hall of the Lagos airport on her way to Milan, Italy with three hundred and twelve (312) sachets of Tramadol, weighing 1.5kg, concealed in crayfish and dried vegetables.

Chibuzor was equally caught with 137.45 grams of the same drug concealed in foodstuff at the Abuja airport on Thursday 2nd Sept during outward clearance of Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

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A photo collage from the arrests/seizures.

 

In the same vein, efforts by suspected traffickers to export varying sizes of consignments containing cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs through courier firms were also foiled.

Some of these include 475 grams of heroin concealed in food items going to Canada; 202 grams of cocaine hidden in body cream containers going to Australia; 720 grams of Cannabis Sativa tucked in computer hard drives heading to the United Arab Emirates, UAE and another 2.1kg of cannabis hidden in body cream bottles going to Oman, while 60 grams of cocaine concealed in degree certificates meant for Australia was also seized, all from three courier firms in Lagos.

Similarly, a 38-year-old pregnant woman, Kate Ngozi Nwuju was arrested on Tuesday 14th Sept. at her residence in Rumueme, Mile 4 area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State with 4.5 kilograms of cannabis following intelligence that she was selling drugs.

Also, one Aliyu Saidu, suspected to be a fake soldier was arrested with 2.3kg of Cannabis Sativa in a commercial bus from Lagos to Makurdi, on Monday 13th of Sept. at Aliade checkpoint, Benue State.

In Kano, one Shuaibu Yusuf, was arrested on Friday 17th Sept. with 537kg of Cannabis Sativa, concealed among bags of cement in a truck, while in Ogun state, five persons were arrested on Tuesday 14th Sept. after their truck conveying 552kg cannabis was intercepted at Ogere Remo, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

In a related development, narcotic officers on motorised patrol on Friday 17th Sept. arrested a 21-year-old Law Ubi at Marian Road, Calabar, Cross River State with 67.4 kg cannabis while a follow up search of his residence the following day, Saturday, led to the recovery of 4.2 grams of cocaine from his apartment.

A photo collage of one of the suspects and an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

Meanwhile, in Edo, operatives stormed remote forests in the Ovia North East area of the state between 8th and 16th Sept, destroyed over 14 hectares of cannabis farms, and recovered 172.6kg of cannabis.

Three females and a male suspect were also arrested in raids across Owan East and Akoko Edo areas of the state. Different quantities of cannabis and local mixtures called monkey tail were recovered from them.

While commending the officers and men of the Lagos airport, Abuja airport, Benue, Kano, Ogun, Rivers, Cross River and Edo commands and the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, of the agency for maintaining the heat on drug dealers, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa said their efforts further reaffirmed the agency’s determination to chase after drug traffickers and smoke them out.

NDLEA Intercepts 24,311KG Of Heroin, Codeine In Lagos

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted over 24, 311 kilograms of heroin, codeine, Arizona, and Colorado variants of cannabis in fresh drug busts at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, and the Tincan seaport, Apapa, Lagos state.

The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the first seizure was on Friday, September 3, at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA where two consignments containing 10.350kg heroin and 25.2kg cannabis from South Africa were intercepted.

In series of sting operations between September 4 and 6, in different parts of Lagos, four suspects were arrested including Mrs. Bello Kafayat Ayo who was picked from Shino Street, in the Palmgroove area of the state.

At the Tincan seaport, Apapa, narcotic officers intercepted a 40ft container loaded with 22,590 kilograms of Barcadin Codeine syrup on Monday, September 6, following intelligence received from international partners on the container since May 2021.

“The container was also found to include 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India. Equally, on Friday, September 10, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg and hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also intercepted and seized at the Tincan port,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old identified as Bee Okoro has been arrested in Abuja for producing and selling drugged candies and cookies.

 

This combination photo shows some of the drugs seized by the NDLEA in various states across the country between September 1 and 10, 2021.

 

A 27-year-old dispatch rider, Idewo Raimi who handles door-to-door delivery for her was also arrested.

The suspects who were arrested at the Garki Area 11 on Friday, September 10, with a number of their drugged products and 400grams of Loud and Arizona, confessed they have been in the business for over a year.

In Edo State, a total of 1,425.2 kilograms of compressed blocks of cannabis sativa were seized in a raid on Aviosi outskirt, close to Uzebba, Owan West LGA, on Monday, September 6, while on the same day one Yahaya Mamman was nabbed along the Zaria-Danja road, Kaduna with 10.3kg Tramadol and 60.5kg Exol-6.

The previous day, Thursday, September 5, one Thank God Danladi was arrested at Tudun Wada area of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital with 44.2kg of cannabis.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Kwara State on Tuesday, September 7 arrested a 36-year-old lady, Yusuf Sherifat, who recently completed a jail sentence following her conviction by a Federal High Court in Ilorin for dealing in 22 grams of crack cocaine.

Her latest arrest along Specialist Hospital Road, Alagbado, Ilorin, followed intelligence that she has resumed the sale of crack cocaine in the Ilorin metropolis.

“This time around, she devised another means of delivering drugs along the road to known customers who contact her via telephone calls,” the agency said.

In Gombe, raids across the state between September 1 and 10 led to the arrest of at least nine drug dealers, from who assorted illicit drugs weighing over 150kg were recovered.

One of the raids led to the interception of a truck loaded with 128KG of psychotropic substances coming from Onitsha, Anambra State along the Gombe-Yola road.

Reacting to the latest drug busts at the Lagos airport, Tincan seaport, and across the FCT, Edo, Kaduna, Taraba, Kwara, and Gombe states, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the commanders, officers, and men of the commands for their resilience and bravery.

He said the series of arrests and seizures across the country further affirm NDLEA’s zero tolerance for production, trafficking, and abuse of any illicit substance, warning that drug dealers who are yet to have a change of heart must be ready to contend with the new NDLEA.

How NDLEA Intercepted N6bn Insurgents’ Drugs In Lagos Port — Marwa

 

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa on Wednesday said N6 billion worth of drugs meant for insurgents were intercepted by the agency.

Marwa, who spoke at a media briefing to update the public on the seizure, said loads of Captagon, a brand of Amphetamine were intercepted by operatives of the agency at the Apapa Port in Lagos State.

According to him, sometime in March 2021, the agency received intelligence from its international partners on the shipment of illicit narcotics to Nigeria from the Middle East through the Apapa Port.

The container passed through three countries and was trans-loaded in a North African country, but the NDLEA kept track of it along with its partners, he explained. 

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“We made the first attempt to examine the container on Thursday, August 26, 2021, and what we found inside the container were three (3) pieces of marble polishing machines, otherwise called sanders,” he said while narrating how the seizure was made.

“Further scrutiny on Monday, August 31, with the NDLEA sniffer dogs turned up a positive indication on the rotor coil of one of the three machines. The next day, Wednesday, 1st September, 18,560 tablets of a drug suspected to be Amphetamine (Captagon) weighing 3.2kg was found deeply concealed in one of the coils.

“The following day, Thursday, September 2, the other two machines were dismantled, and in all, a total of 451, 807 tablets, weighing 74.119 kilograms, were discovered hidden inside their rotor coils.

“Going by the street value of about $25 per tablet, the importer would have raised $11.3million, which is equivalent to N6 billion.

“Imagine the impact of this drug in the hands of criminal gangs or a fraction of the profit from its sale being used to fuel criminalities across the country, we can think of our worst-case scenarios and they will still be farther from the repercussions that could be unleashed on the country.

“It may interest you to know that, as far as we know, this is the first time this drug is being brought into any African country South of the Sahara. This tiny, highly addictive pill, widely available across the Middle East, produces a euphoric intensity in users, allowing them to stay awake for days, making them fearless, predisposes them to reckless action that puts the lives of people around them in jeopardy.

“What should give any discerning Nigerian a nightmare concerning this drug is the fact that its production and sale is controlled by militias and large criminal groups in the Middle East. And beyond any doubt, Captagon has been linked to the escalation of the Syrian Civil War.

“A lot of seizures have been made since 2017, mostly in the Arabian Peninsula, and in Italy and Turkey, and the point of origination, almost all the time, were traced back to Syria and Lebanon. This gave rise to the theory that ISIS is behind the production and sale of Captagon as a means of generating funds for weapons and combatants, and for use as a stimulant to keep them fighting.

“Lest we forget, Captagon was the name of the drug found on the phone of the French-Tunisian terrorist who killed 84 civilians in France on Bastille Day in 2016. That is the drug we have on our hands now. If these facts are not grim enough, we should all remember a lesson from history, when in World War Two, Nazi Germany wreaked havoc across Europe with chemically-enhanced soldiers that the combined forces of Europe could not tame.

“This is the same condition we have presently with insurgents, bandits, cultists, robbers, kidnappers and herders spilling rampaging across the country. 

“Given the dark and dangerous background of Captagon, it is not difficult to guess correctly that the destination for the seized drug is none other than the camps of insurgents and bandits all over the country.”

Marwa condemned the intent of those behind the importation of the illicit substance into the country at a very critical time when the nation is facing some security challenges.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA vowed that the agency would not rest until everyone connected to the consignment was arrested and prosecuted.

Mr Marwa assured Nigerians that the agency would continue to work with support from local and international partners to block availability and access to  illicit substances across the country.

He added that the NDLEA’s zero tolerance for production, trafficking and abuse of any illicit substance shows that the agency’s approach to this discovery was not casual.

NYSC Member Nabbed As NDLEA Intercepts Drugged Candies From UK

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

A 22-year-old youth corps member, Arnold Maniru has been arrested in Abuja for allegedly importing four  kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom.

This is according to a statement by the spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi.

In its communique, the NDLEA said the suspect serving with a government agency in Abuja was arrested on Saturday 28th August, 2021 following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company.

A controlled delivery of the parcel, which contains the candies laced with Arizona, a strong variant of cannabis and some liquid, was subsequently carried out.

In a similar vein, operatives attached to courier companies in Lagos have intercepted 1.2kg of cannabis concealed inside locally made cookies going to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 920 grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair heading to Saudi Arabia.

Another 1.08kg of cannabis concealed in spray cans going to Pakistan and 625 grams of methamphetamine hidden in clothing heading to Australia were also seized.

According to Mr Babafemi, operatives across the states have intensified arrests of traffickers and seizures of illicit drugs.

He said a total of 384.7 kilograms of assorted narcotics being transported to the nation’s capital, Abuja for sale were intercepted and seized at patrol points in Lokoja, Kogi State on Monday 30th August and Thursday 2nd September, 2021.

The NDLEA image-maker further disclosed that a truck with registration number Plateau AA 462 QAP, driven by a 50-year-old Danlami Dodo, coming from Onitsha, Anambra, with Abuja, FCT as its destination, was intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja.

“Upon a search, the following psychoactive substances were discovered packed in sacks and cartons:

“1,975 bottles of Cough Syrup with Codeine weighing 282kg; 199 packets of Exol-5 tablets weighing 75.4kg; 250 packets of Diazepam tablets weighing 15.4kg; Cannabis Sativa weighing 5.9kg; and 1 packet of Ketamine injection, all weighing 378.7kilograms,” the spokesman added.

Also on Thursday, a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number Lagos MUS 716 XK, coming from Ojota, Lagos to Abuja was stopped and searched at the Lokoja patrol point, where 6kg of Arizona was found sealed in cartons and stuffed in a white sack.

Meanwhile, in Rivers state, one Obey James was arrested during a raid with 4.2 grams of heroin; 1.9 grams of cocaine and 5.4 grams of methamphetamine while in Niger state, two suspects; Eze John and Michael Ifediegwu were arrested along Zungeru-Tegina road with 18kg of Exol 5; 2kg of Tramadol and 1000 ampoules of pentazocine injection, all going to Kontagora in the state.

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In another related development, a suspected  Kano drug dealer, Chiduzie Ibegbunam, was arrested with 16.8 grams of cocaine and 0.6 grams of heroin while 158,000 monetary exhibits were recovered from him when his joint was raided.

While giving details of exploits by agents of the NDLEA, Mr Babafemi added that in Nasarawa State, 22 suspects were arrested and 43.9 kilograms of illicit drugs seized when operatives stormed notorious drug joints in Gadabuke forest, Toto LGA and Down Base/Timber Shed both in Nasarawa LGA, dismantling and setting ablaze their makeshift homes.

Borno State was not left out, as one Caleb Okezuonu was arrested with 352 bottles of Codeine Syrup and 876 tablets of Rohypnol during a raid.

“Curiously, Caleb is on court bail, for two earlier charges filed against him by the state command of the NDLEA. The latest arrest makes it his third arrest for drug offences,” the agency’s spokesperson remarked.

According to him, during the raid, 11.5 grams of Tramadol and N307, 255 monetary exhibits were recovered from another suspect who escaped and has been declared wanted.

In another development, a military operative in Ebonyi State, Anayo Nwamban, who bought 1.1kg of cannabis from Mami Market, planted the same in his elder brother’s house and then made a report to the NDLEA office, seeking to implicate his brother.

The personnel was arrested on Friday 3rd September, following the testimony of his supplier who had earlier been apprehended. Having no more alibis, the officer admitted to purchasing and planting the cannabis in his own brother’s house.

In reaction to the arrests and seizures in the past week across the FCT, Kogi, Rivers, Kano, Niger, Borno, Nasarawa and Ebonyi state commands as well as the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the commanders, officers and men of the commands for keeping the flame burning and maintaining the heat on drug traffickers and dealers.

Gen Marwa assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of their efforts and remains committed to improving their welfare as they intensify the ongoing war against drug abuse and trafficking across the country.

Drug Test Is Essential For A Stable Marriage – Marwa

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd)

 

Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa says premarital drug test is a key factor in attaining a stable home.

According to a statement by the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA boss spoke at a conference organized by an NGO, Coal to Diamond Support Network for young adults on Saturday in Abuja.

He said “if would-be couples choose to undergo HIV and genotype tests before marriage without any law compelling them, then, they should equally consider drug tests as critical to their well-being and stability of their home”.

While warning on the dire consequences of drug abuse, Gen. Marwa who was represented by a Principal Staff Officer on Drug Demand Reduction in the NDLEA, Shehu Dankolo, said substance use does not only destroy marriages but equally leads to health problems, morbidity, injuries, violence, and death.

He added that most often, the physical, psychological and social consequences of drug use are very obvious and disturbing.

According to him, the mental, physical and spiritual quality of life of individuals has definite impact on a society’s future.

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In her remarks, the wife of the NDLEA boss, Munirat Marwa who was the host of the event, urged youths preparing for weddings to take a drug test as part of their preparations, adding that there is a difference between wedding and marriage.

“The wedding as we all know it is a short time event while marriage is intended for a lifetime,” she said.

“As such, the conference has come at the right time when couples are putting more importance and emphasis on the wedding festivities rather than the marriage itself.

“It is therefore important we pay attention to preparing for the marriage and one of such ways is through premarital counseling and drug test. This prepares the couples very well and has the ability to reduce domestic violence, divorce as well as increase happiness and longevity in marriages’”.

Other notable speakers at the conference include wife of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Amina Namadi Sambo; President of the Group, Bilkisu Mohammed and the keynote speaker, Said Takuma who all emphasized the need for proper counseling for would-be couples to safeguard their marriages and future.