NDLEA Intercepts 1.5million Tramadol Tablets Going To Kebbi, Kano; Other Drugs At Lagos Airport, Seaport

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Seizes cash, arms, ammunition, 137.754kg narcotics across 7 states

On Friday, January 14th, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, intercepted approximately one million, five hundred thousand tablets and capsules of pharmaceutical opioids such as Tramadol, Exol-5, and Diazepam loaded in Onitsha, Anambra state and headed to Yauri, Kebbi State. On the same day, 425,000 Diazepam tablets were recovered at Segemu, Kano.

In addition, a suspected bandit and a drug kingpin in Plateau state were apprehended with a total of N1, 413,344, as well as arms and ammunition, while over 137.754 kg of varied illicit narcotics were confiscated during interdiction operations throughout seven states in the last week.

On Friday, January 14, 2022, operatives in Edo state intercepted a trailer travelling from Onitsha to Yauri in Kebbi state based on solid intelligence. Psychotropic drugs were discovered hidden behind legitimate items after a thorough inspection of the truck. Tramadol: 394,480 capsules and 3,000 tablets weighing 83.707kg; Exol-5: 647,500 tablets weighing 203.315kg; Diazepam: 12,500 tablets weighing 2.05kg; Bromazepam: 1,500 tablets weighing 0.45kg; Codeine-based Syrup: 999 bottles weighing 134.865kg; Pentazocine injections: 4,000 ampoules weighing 16.64kg were among the drugs seized.

The driver of the truck, Bashir Lawali, 30, was arrested along with Abubakar Sani, 30, and Ali Abubakar, 19, while the exhibits in Kano were seized from one Sa’idu Yahya, 31.

Attempts by drug traffickers to export 73 parcels of cannabis (34.05kg) concealed in foodstuff plastic containers to the United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, were foiled by operatives on January 8th, and another 50 parcels of cannabis consignment (27.25kg) destined for the United States were intercepted at the airport’s export shed on Tuesday, January 11th, with at least three

Illicit drug traffickers’ attempts to transport 94 packets of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43.4kg into Nigeria through the Tincan seaport in Lagos were foiled on January 13th when operatives intercepted the substance inside a 40-foot container from Canada. The display was hidden inside a Toyota Camry automobile. This followed a similar seizure of 59 packets of Colorado (17.3kg) hidden in a Mercedes Benz car imported from Canada on January 11th.

A fake security agent, Babagana Ma’aji, was arrested in Plateau state after a controlled delivery of 5.6kg cannabis from Lagos. On the 8th of January, a commercial bus transporting the shipment from Lagos to Gombe in Mararaban Jos was intercepted, and the suspect, based in Damaturu, Yobe state, was apprehended.

On Tuesday, January 11th, operatives from the Agency’s Plateau command arrested Abdullahi Usman Ahmad, 28, a suspected bandit, at Hwolshe, with a Beretta pistol, seven rounds of live ammunition, two empty shells, 12 grams of cannabis sativa, a pair of handcuffs, and N1, 136,344, suspected ransom money, as well as an Opel car with registration number ZAR35LQ.

In the same vein, the leader of a cocaine distribution ring in Plateau, Chibueze Okoro John, 42, has been arrested along Zaria road, Jos, with quantities of cocaine and Tramadol, recovered from him as well as a Sienna Bus (BWR 584 AL), Toyota Camry car (RBC 461 BF) and the sum of Two Hundred and Seventy-Seven Thousand Naira only (N 277, 000), which the suspect offered to the narcotic officers as a bribe but was rejected.

The attempt by Ejike Obiora, 38, to smuggle varying quantities of Cocaine and Heroin into the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA, in Delta state, was halted on January 8th, when he was discovered to have concealed the drugs in consumables meant for inmates.
This is despite the fact that 598kg of cannabis was discovered during a search in Ondo state’s Owo area, with the two owners, Arataye Raimi, 41, and Tope Osinnuwa, 36, being apprehended in subsequent operations.

While one Abdullahi Mohammed was apprehended in Potiskum, Yobe state, in connection with the seizure of 48.5 blocks of cannabis, another fictitious security agent, Dike Davison, was apprehended in Aliade, Benue state, with 50 grams of cannabis and 29 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

On Friday 14th January, in Abuja, FCT, a buy and bust operation resulted in the arrest of one Habib Yusif, 41, with a total of 28.2kg cannabis recovered from him, while on Thursday 13th January, in Osun state, the trio of Samuel Joseph, Francis Ujor, and Sola Johnson were arrested in Onikoko village Area 5, Ile-Ife, with 100 bags of cannabis weighing 1,530 kilograms recovered from them.

Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, praised the officers and soldiers of the various commands for their outstanding efforts and promised them their sacrifices, dedication to duty, and extraordinary exploits would be rewarded.


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