Two NDLEA Witnesses Testify Against Former LCDA Boss, Ashekun

 

Two officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have testified against a former Vice Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Sakiru Kehinde Ashekun, who was charged with trafficking in 1.0 kilograms of Cocaine.

The two officials, Anebi Ajihma and Okwunjor Augustine, the agency’s forensic expert, and exhibits keeper testified before Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

At the resumed hearing of the case today, the two witnesses while being led in evidence, narrated the roles they played in the arrest of the former Council Chief

While the Exhibits keeper, Okwunjor told the court how the seized drug was handed over to him for safekeeping, the Forensic Expert, Anebi, told the court how he carried out the scientific tests on the seized drug and confirmed the same
to be cocaine.

The two witnesses also tendered several documents, samples of the test drugs, and others that were admitted by the court as exhibits.

Upon admitting the exhibits, the court adjourned the case till September 21 and 24, for the cross-examination of the second witness and continuation of the defendant’s trial.

A kilogramme of cocaine in five pairs of slippers

The former Council Chief was earlier arraigned before the court on June 30, on a
one-count charge of unlawful exportation of the banned drug.

The offence according to the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, is contrary to and punishable under Section 11(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Though the defendant denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty, he was not granted bail, following strong submissions made by the prosecutor.

The trial judge instead made an order for accelerated hearing, while also order
ing that the defendant is remanded in the custody of the Nigerians Correctional Services (NCoS), till the determination of the charge against him.

Mr. Ashekun was arrested on May 7, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on a Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London, Heathrow at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Aiport, Ikeja, Lagos.

He was alleged to have concealed the drug in some footwear.

The charge against the former Council Chief reads: “That you Asekun Sakiru Kehinde, Male, Adult, on or about the 7th May 2021 during the outward clearance of passengers on Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London, Heathrow at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja,
Lagos without lawful authority exported 1.000 kilogramme of Cocaine, a Narcotic Drug and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11(b) of the said National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

NDLEA Arrests Anambra Drug Kingpin Recovers 548,000 Tramadol Tablets

 

A major illicit drug kingpin in Anambra, Okeke Chijioke (44), has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA).

Okeke’s arrest on Saturday 10th July 2021 followed credible intelligence and surveillance, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse at 3 Atunya street, Maryland estate, Nkwelle, Oyi Local Government Area of the State, with Tramadol branded as Tarkadol.

After a search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms were recovered, with the suspect accepting ownership of the substances recovered.

READ ALSO: Police Officer, Two Others Shot Dead In Ondo Bank Robbery

Authorities at the NDLEA say a preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a brand of Tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention.

“The substance has also tested positive to amphetamine. The drug was equally labeled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it’s a 225mg drug.

“It was further discovered that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria without NAFDAC number or certification. During the search on the warehouse, a double-barrel pump gun with 3 live cartridges, which license expired in 2019, was also discovered and recovered,” an NDLEA communique on Sunday partly reads.

In another related burst, the Benue State Command of the Agency on road patrol in Apir village on 14th July intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misau LG, Bauchi state.

The suspects are expected to be charged to court as soon as proper investigations have been completed.

Commending the officers and men of the Anambra and Benue State Commands for sustaining the offensive action in the ongoing efforts to mop up illicit drugs from every community in all parts of Nigeria, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them to remain unrelenting in the discharge of their duties.

NDLEA Arrests Mother-Of-Three With 100 Wraps Of Cocaine

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a Nigerian woman based in Brazil, Mrs. Anita Ugochinyere Ogbonna, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, with 100 pellets of cocaine concealed in her private part and handbag.

The mother of three was arrested on Friday night on arrival in Abuja via Qatar Air from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Doha. Upon a proper search, 12 wraps of cocaine inserted in her private part were extracted while another 88 pellets stuffed in socks were discovered hidden in her handbag.

During interrogation, Mrs. Ogbonna who is a mother of three children, all resident in Brazil, claimed she lost her husband three years ago. She confessed she decided to traffick the illicit drug to raise money for the burial of her father scheduled for 22nd July in Imo state.

She said one Emeka, alias KC also based in Brazil gave her the drug to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of $3,000. She said she pushed the wraps of cocaine into her private part after her attempts to swallow the pellets failed.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Declare State Of Emergency On Insecurity, Recruit More Youths Into Military – Bishop



The suspect who owns a shop where she sells African foodstuffs in Brazil further claimed she had to drop her three young children with a Kenyan lady who is her neighbour in Brazil before she embarked on the quick-money-journey.

In a related development, narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos have intercepted 500grams of ketamine concealed in the walls of a wooden box filled with bitter kola that originated from Douala, Cameroon and heading to the United States of America, while another 500grams of methamphetamine hidden in automobile parts going to Australia were also seized at the firm.

Meanwhile, over 410 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs have been intercepted and seized by NDLEA operatives in Plateau and Kwara states. A commercial bus with registration number EKY 184 CQ Lagos was intercepted in Plateau with Diazepam weighing 39kg; Exol-5 tablets weighing 35kg and 1.7kg of Flumtrazepam tablets discovered in the vehicle.

A follow-up operation led to the arrest of a drug dealer, Livinus Nnadi at Bauchi motor park on 26th June 2021 while on the same day, a blue Sharon minibus with registration number FKG 539 GR, going to Bauchi from Jos was also intercepted and 7.9kg of pentazocine injection recovered from it.

In the same vein, operatives of the Kwara state command of the Agency have recovered 67.2kg of Tramadol heading to Benin republic at a checkpoint close to Ilesha in Osun state while a 53-year-old drug trafficker, Zakiru Abdullahi has been arrested on Ilorin-Jebba highway on Thursday 1st July, with 260kilograms of pentazocine injection meant for Kaduna.

Reacting to all the successful operations, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended officers and men of Abuja airport, Plateau, Kwara commands of the Agency as well as those in the Directorate of Investigations and Operations, DOGI, attached to the courier firms for their diligence and commitment to work.

“Let me again commend all the gallant and vigilant officers and men in these commands and DOGI for their resilience and commitment to the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us in the Agency to rid our towns, communities and even forests of illicit drugs and the criminal elements profiting from the unconscionable trade. With the recent launch of the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, we must all aim for the ultimate goal of winning this battle sooner than expected. We can and we must”, Gen. Marwa charged on Sunday.

NDLEA Confiscates 700kg Of Illicit Drugs, Convicts Traffickers In Imo

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Imo State command says it has confiscated about 700 kilograms of illicit drugs and arrested 60 suspected drug traffickers between January and June 2021.

Some of the intercepted substances include cannabis Sativa, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and tramadol.

The state commander of the agency, Mr. Nse Inam during a briefing in Owerri the state capital on Saturday, said a total of 4,784 kilograms of cannabis Sativa was transferred to the command by the Federal Government special border task force.

Read Also: Drug Abuse Deadlier Than Insecurity – Buhari

He also noted that about eight people have so far been convicted and are serving various jail terms.

Inam added that the command will leave no stone unturned in tackling the menace of illicit drugs in the state.

International Day Against Drug Abuse: Osinbajo Attends Premiere Of Nollywood Movie

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

In support to the global campaign against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday attended the premiere of a movie titled “The Silent Baron.”

According to a statement by the Vice-President’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, the movie features some internal challenges of agencies fighting drug barons and highlights how the couriers are recruited including by fooling ladies and their parents with false promises of taking the ladies abroad.

“Starring some top Nollywood actors, the movie features the duplicitous life of a young man named Anselm, disguised as a foreign-based professional who only visits Nigeria on short vacations. He lures young ladies with gifts, alluring words and under false pretences as couriers for his illicit drug trafficking business. In the end he was caught.

“The movie brings to the limelight, the commendable role of the NDLEA in the fight against drug trafficking especially at a time when the agency is aggressively exposing the menace with a significant number of arrests in the last couple of months,” the statement read in part.

The film was produced by Ifeanyi Ukaeru, in partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to highlight the dangers of abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.

The vice-president was accompanied by the Executive Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd); the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, and other top government officials.

The movie premiere is part of activities marking the 2021 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking which falls on the 26th of June, every year. It is produced by Ekwe Nche Entertainment Ltd, the NDLEA, among other partners.

NDLEA Arrests Medical Doctor, Ex-Soldier For Dealing In Drugged Cookies, Cocaine

The suspect, Jane Ofoma

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a medical doctor, Jane Ofoma for selling drugged cookies and biscuits through an online catering service called Omachi’s kitchen in Edo State.

In a statement by the Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, following an intelligence and surveillance, narcotic officers of the Edo state Command of the Agency on Saturday 19th June, 2021, stormed her operational base at 1 winner’s way, Auchi.

The suspect 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation.

NDLEA Arrests Medical Doctor

 

She was arrested and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered.

Another suspect Emmanuel Ehiramhen

 

Chioma, 26, She has In the same vein, a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the Edo Command of the Agency for dealing in crack cocaine.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara State have arrested a 52-year-old ex-Soldier, Ibrahim Musa with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.

The suspect was apprehended on Thursday 17th June, 2021 at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin metropolis when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.

Sgt Ibrahim Musa who worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno State before he deserted the Army had arrived Ilorin in company of his wife, Basirat Musa in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit. He was however arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of Kwara State Command of the Agency.

 

Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.

He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children. The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin.

Reacting to the arrests, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the Edo and Kwara state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.

He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities while assuring them that he will continue to make their welfare a priority.

NDLEA Chairman Opposes Legalisation Of Cannabis In Nigeria

FILE PHOTO: Buba Marwa during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.

 

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa has opposed demands for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria.

Marwa said the nation cannot afford to mortgage the lives of the citizens for financial gains by legalising cannabis.

He said this on Monday, in response to earlier calls by Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu for the legalisation of cultivation of Cannabis Sativa in the country.

While addressing journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital ahead of the 2021 World Drug Day, Marwa said it is not acceptable to NDLEA and that the agency will continue to burn down marijuana farms and prosecute whoever is caught doing the business.

READ ALSO: Kaduna Security: Bandits Kill Village Head In Sanga LGA

He, therefore, said such calls by the Ondo State Governor and some legislators must be resisted at all cost.

Cannabis Leaves/AFP Photo

 

The NDLEA Chairman also reiterated his suggestion to have politicians subjected to drug testing before they are allowed to contest for elective positions.

According to him, this has become necessary to ensure that only sane persons are allowed to lead the country in whatever capacity.

Students and intending couples should also be subjected to drug tests, he said.

Meanwhile, the Country Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Oliver Stolpe said there are at least three million Nigerians struggling with drug-abuse-related habits.

According to him recent research by the UNODC has shown a steady rise in abuse of drugs and that cannabis is the most abused substance in Nigeria.

He explained that most of those engaged in the use of illicit substances in Nigeria fall within the age bracket of 25-35 years of age.

 

A Case Of Archaic Sentiment?

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has constantly supported calls for legalisation of Cannabis Sativa urging the Federal Government to jettison traditional orientation and “archaic” sentiment that states that cannabis is a ‘devil’s plant’.

The governor who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria believes the medical and economic merits of the use of cannabis outweigh its demerits and the Nigerian government needs to give legal backing to cannabis to enable its use in Nigeria.

“Cannabis is a multi-billion naira industry that can help diversify the Nigerian Economy if judiciously utilised,” the governor said at a stakeholder meeting earlier in June this year.

Two Million Kilograms Of Illicit Drugs Seized In Five Months – NDLEA

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

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says over two million kilograms of assorted illicit drugs have been seized from January to May 2021.

Chairman of the Agency, Mohammed Marwa disclosed this on Monday while addressing journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital ahead of the 2021 World Drug Day scheduled for June 26.

He explained that within the same period 2,180 arrests have been made by the agency, including five drug barons while 2,100 drug cases have been filed in court, out of which over 500 convictions have been recorded and 1,549 cases are still pending.

READ ALSO: Troops Kill Over 20 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists In Lambom Forest

These achievements, Marwa said, were recorded following the launch of the agency’s offensive action against drug cartels across the country five months ago.

Marwa also disclosed that a new trend in drug abuse has emerged in Kogi State where young people engage in smoking a local substance called ‘lope’ which looks like Marijuana.

According to him those who take the substance believe the local substance can fortify them against knives, bullets, and other metallic tools.

He explained that drug abuse contributes largely to insecurity, violent extremism, among other acts.

Law Enforcement Officer, 6 Others Arrested For Dealing In Drugs

 

A serving officer of a law enforcement agency, Popoola Abayomi has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a Federal University and cultists in Ogun State.

The drug dealer who serves in the Lagos State Command of the security agency (name withheld) was arrested on Wednesday 15th June 2021 after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in the Camp area of Abeokuta.

One of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider who is known simply as Ogah was trailed to the location at about 8pm and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grams.

Popoola who has been on the Agency’s watch list was nabbed with different illicit drugs including codeine -17 bottles; cannabis -22.26 grams; tramadol 230 -98 grams; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam -23.72 grams; 113 tablets of molly -48.16 grams and sex drops -43.92 grams.

READ ALSO: Your Medicare Is Of Utmost Importance To Me, COAS Assures Wounded Soldiers

Authorities say after the arrest of the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle. The narcotic agents however restrained themselves and after hours of standoff succeeded in moving the suspects to custody.

In a similar vein, one Adelodun Kamaldeen has been arrested by operatives of the Oyo State Command of the Agency at General Area, Ilorin, Kwara State following the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grams and 4.8grams respectively on 13th June.

The following day, two ladies; Mary Peter, 40, and Mercy Oladele, 39, were arrested at Total Garden, Ibadan when NDLEA operatives acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial Micra car.



The two women were arrested with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kg brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, to supply a man they simply identified as Alhaji. According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with.

On Friday 18th June, operatives of the Oyo State Command acting on intelligence also raided the residence of one Alhaji Faruq at Elebu area, Akala expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, where they recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate.

In Kaduna State, a drug trafficker, Segun Abraham was arrested at the Panteka area of the state on 17th June with 211.500kg of skunk heading to Kano state.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian returning from Pakistan, Ezenyeche Kingsley Ebuka has been arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos with five pellets of heroin weighing 250grams discovered in his anus.

The suspect had arrived at the ‘D’ arrival hall of the airport on 14th June on a Turkish airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus. He however failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight.

While commending the Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna, and the MMIA Commands of the Agency for sustaining the offensive action against illicit drug trafficking and the cartels running it, Gen. Marwa warned that the NDLEA will not spare any law enforcement agent hiding under the privilege of his uniform to engage in narcotic criminal business.

“Those who think they can sabotage ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse hiding behind the façade of their uniforms should better think twice because they’ll have NDLEA to contend with. We’ll not only arrest and expose them but we’ll equally prosecute them and seize all assets acquired through the proceeds of their criminal act”, he warned.




 

Uber Driver, Two Traffickers Arrested With Cocaine At Lagos Airport

Cocaine concealed in air freshener containers.

 

An Uber driver and two other traffickers have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), with different quantities of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Femi Babafemi.

The Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Tuesday June 8, when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

When the package was searched, 150grams of cocaine concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

A follow-up operation the next day led to the arrest of Egbo Emmanuel Maduka, at his residence.

Investigations have so far confirmed that Egbo is behind the two seizures of 50grams of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grams of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo. The seizures were made on June 4 and 8, respectively.

Also on Friday, June 11, a male passenger, Udogwu James Johnson on Qatar Airlines from GRU in Brazil was arrested at D-arrival hall, MMIA, Lagos with nine wraps of cocaine that weighed 300grams in his underwear.

 

 

In a related development, a 27-year-old final year Petroleum Engineering student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Ali Mohammed has been arrested with 3.032kg of cannabis sativa at a motor park in Iddo, Lagos, following a tip-off on Thursday June 10, 2021.

Under interrogation, Ali who hails from Nguru, Yobe State but was brought up in Lagos claimed that while on his way to the motor park in Iddo, from Obalende where he lives, he met an acquaintance, Ahmed who upon learning that he was traveling back to ATBU, Bauchi via Kano, implored him (the suspect) to help deliver a travel bag containing the seized 3.032kg of cannabis Sativa to one Ugo who lives in Sabon gari, Kano.

Ahmed told the suspect that he would send Ugo’s phone number to him through SMS to facilitate the delivery of the consignment when he arrives Kano.

The suspect who admitted knowing that the bag contained drugs, however, denied receiving or being promised any form of gratification for agreeing to take the drugs to Kano.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the MMIA and Lagos state Commands of the agency for the feats while charging the officers and men of the two Commands not to rest on their oars.

He asked them to remain vigilant and intensify the ongoing offensive action against all drug cartels in their areas of responsibility.

NDLEA Intercepts 100,000 Bottles Of Codeine Syrup At Onne Port

Bottles of codeine syrup seized by NDLEA

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted 100,000 bottles of codeine syrup with a total weight of 15,325kilograms at the Onne seaport, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The substance, cough syrup with codeine (100mg), packed in 500 cartons and concealed in a container marked MRKU 1565305, bearing imported food masks made in India, was discovered on Thursday, 10th June 2021 in a warehouse at the Onne port complex.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Saturday by the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers And Impersonators In FCT, Recover Firearms

The statement added that the substance was discovered during a joint examination with officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, State Security Service, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, among others.

“The seizure followed an intelligence received by NDLEA, as a result of which the container was put on hold and moved to the Customs Government warehouse within the port complex.

“No importer or agent has however come forward in respect of the container but efforts are ongoing to track the owner for further investigation and prosecution,” the statement read in part.

Also, NDLEA operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA, have seized nine cartons of khat, weighing 146.95kilograms at the cargo wing of the airport.

The consignment packaged as dried green tea was shipped from Addis Ababa, on board Ethiopian Airline flight ET911.

“After initial examination and suspicion, a clearing agent was asked to report with the consignee before the release but failed to do so for fear of arrest, a development that led to a laboratory test on the consignment, which tested positive to khat and the eventual seizure,” the statement added.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) hailed the synergy among various government agencies at the Onne port and charged them not to rest on their oars as they daily work hard to keep Nigeria safe.

He commended the Commander, officers, and men of the Port Harcourt Port Command and their Abuja airport Command counterparts for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs.

“The damage 100,000 bottles of codeine would have done to our youths if they had slipped through the port to our villages, towns, and cities is unimaginable. 146.95 kilograms of khat could have done the same damage if allowed to go into our streets.

“We’ll continue to motivate our officers and men so that they can give their best in the discharge of their responsibilities across the country and ultimately with the support of all our stakeholders and partners, we’ll win the battle against illicit drug trafficking and abuse,” Gen. Marwa stated in his reaction at the weekend.

NDLEA Arrests Two Bandits’ Drug Suppliers In Kwara, Seizes 24kg Diazepam, Codeine

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested two drug dealers, Martins Okwor Ejiofor and Bala Mohammed with a total of 24.450 kilograms of assorted substances meant to be delivered in Gwada, Shiroro Local Government of Niger State where bandits in the neighbouring forest buy their illicit drugs.

Gwada has one of the two functional markets bordering the forest where bandits and kidnappers hibernate in Niger State. Drugs seized from the suspects include Codeine – 7.100kg, Diazepam – 6.400kg, and Exol 5 – 10.950kg.

Kwara State NDLEA Command’s Highway Patrol Team along Okolowo (Ilorin) – Jebba Highway intercepted the consignment in a Hiace bus, with registration number: Niger 14 B.40NG, belonging to Niger State Transport Authority on Saturday 5th June 2021.

Martins Ejiofor had travelled to Lagos with the second suspect to procure the drugs and deliver them to dealers in Gwada. During interrogation, he confessed that he had been arrested with over 50 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa and charged to court by the Niger State Command of the Agency in 2020.

He completed his one-year jail term in March this year and resumed his nefarious illicit drug business.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers And Impersonators In FCT, Recover Firearms

Meanwhile, one other suspect, Usman Abbas, 38, was arrested with 6.8kg cannabis sativa concealed in a sack containing used clothes, which the suspect bought at Alaba International Market in Lagos.

The suspect upon interrogation claimed that one Baba gave him the exhibit to deliver to one Lawali in Daura, Katsina State before his arrest by a team of the Command’s operatives attached to Jebba Area Command during a routine stop and search operation. The suspect confessed that he had transported cannabis sativa once to Katsina and that the latest trip was his second.

The previous day, Friday 4th June, operatives of the Delta State Command of the Agency arrested 20-year-old Chukwujeku Lucky at Ogwashi Uku, Delta State with multiple drugs weighing 38.90 kilograms. Some of the drugs seized from his apartment where he serves as a salesman include 68 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 38.7kg; 498 pinches of cocaine (50.9 grams); 33 pinches of heroin (4.4 grams); 304 capsules of Tramadol (91grams); 72 tablets of Swinol (27 grams), and 26 grams of Methamphetamine.

While commending the Commanders, officers, and men of both Kwara and Delta state Commands for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the development would in no small measure reduce the availability of illicit substances available to bandits and other criminal elements who take them as enhancers of their evil enterprise.

He charged them to remain vigilant and continue to acquaint themselves with the latest disingenuous modes of concealment and transportation of illicit drugs by defiant traffickers.