NDLEA Raids Abuja Garden, Arrests 6 Over Drug Cookies, Noodles

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, raided a leisure centre in Abuja known as the garden and arrested six people for peddling drug cookies and noodles.
Following solid intelligence, operators stormed the yard outside Shoprite in Wuse Zone 5, where they arrested Rachael Famiyesun, 29, a drug cookie seller, and her salesgirl, Stella Sunday, 20. Aside from cookies, they were also spotted selling bottles of Zobo, a black currant drink made with cannabis.

Moses Obi, 30, and his salesgirl, Aisha Abdulrahman, 19, were also arrested in the garden for selling indomie noodles that had been laced with cannabis. A bartender, Ahonye Jonah, 31, who works for the garden’s owner, was also arrested, as was one of their customers, Ngozi Justina Emelogu, 38, during the raid on Wednesday, January 19th. Officers from the Agency’s FCT command raided the Zuba Yam Market two days earlier, arresting a drug dealer, Haruna Hassan, with 19.3 kg of cannabis.

Meanwhile, drug officers attached to two major courier companies in Lagos foiled drug traffickers’ attempts to export 1.53 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside hair cream to London, and another 880 grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as well as 3 grams of cocaine and 5 grams of cannabis to Cyprus packed inside locally made shoes.

On Tuesday, January 18th, agents in Edo state intercepted a Toyota Camry automobile with the registration number FKJ 897 DG (LAGOS) laden with 360.4kg Cannabis sativa on its way to Abuja and arrested the driver, Nurudeen Subaru, 42, in Auchi, Etsako West. The following day, Edo command officers removed 111kg of cannabis from a bush in Iruekpen, Esan West LGA, and recovered 276 compressed blocks of the same substance weighing 248.4kg from Austin Okongwu (a.k.a. Igwe), 45, in Agenebode, Etsako East, while transporting the drug in a Lexus saloon car with registration number ABC 583 MJ (ABUJA).

A search on a drug joint in the Edo state capital, Benin, on Wednesday 19th January, resulted in the arrest of three drug dealers: Kelly Ogbebor, 38; Daniel Oviawe, 35; and Kelly Kenmakonam, 29, with various quantities of cocaine and heroin recovered.
Ifeoma Godwin Sade, 29, the wife of a drug dealer, Ifeanyi Onyeasi, 34, attempted to swallow 12 grams of cocaine found in their house at Agingi, Rukuba Road, Jos, during an arrest operation on Sunday 16th January was thwarted by agents who removed the substance from her neck. A monetary exhibit worth two hundred and thirty-four thousand six hundred and fifty naira was also retrieved from them (N234, 650).

On Wednesday 19th January, officers from the Plateau state command halted a commercial bus carrying Aliyu Abdullahi and Ishaya Emmanuel from Lagos to Yola, Adamawa state, and seized various quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine, and tramadol from the two suspects.

On Wednesday, January 19th, the long arm of the law finally nabbed a known drug dealer, Adamu Musa, who had been on the run for nine months in Adamawa state. Mrs Hannatu Sini, his 31-year-old elder sister, was arrested on April 16, 2021, in Gombi, Adamawa, with 14.400kg of cannabis Sativa and acknowledged to keep the exhibit for her younger brother, Adamu Musa, who was subsequently placed on the command’s wanted list. Mrs Modinat Lawal, an ex-convict, was caught in Kano on Wednesday, January 19th, with 22kg of cannabis Sativa she imported into Nigeria from the Benin Republic. She had been arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned before for the same offence. The Ogun state born trafficker claimed then that her name was Bola.

While commending the officers and men of the FCT, Edo, Plateau, Adamawa, Kano and Directorate of Investigation and General Investigations for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain vigilant and always proactive.


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