The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Intercepts $4.7 Million In Counterfeit Cash In Abuja

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Arrests nursing mum 3 weeks after bail on the same drug offence

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, or NDLEA, has halted a syndicate’s attempt to steal at least N2.7 billion from the Nigerian economy by circulating bogus $4.7 million currency.

The operatives intercepted a package transported from Lagos to Abuja in the early hours of Friday, February 18, 2022, in the Abaji region of the Federal Capital Territory. Abdulmumini Maikasuwa, 52, was arrested after a controlled delivery of the parcelled counterfeit US dollars totalling $4, 760, 000.00 was made.

The seizure followed intelligence received by the FCT Command of the Agency detailing the movement of the cash and the vehicle conveying it. Meanwhile, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed that both the cash and the suspect in custody be transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation.

Mrs Rashidat Adebayo, 38, a nursing mother, was caught in Offa with different drugs such as Tramadol, Swinol, Diazepam, and Pentazocine injection ampules, only three weeks after she was granted administrative release following her arrest for dealing in illicit substances.

Prior to her recent arrest on Thursday, February 17th, the nursing mother had been detained and released on bond for dealing with identical substances on January 24, 2022.

In the same vein, NDLEA officers have arrested two drug dealers: Sani Isa (aka Bilaz) and Bala Yerima in Hong, Adamawa state with 239 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 209kg, just as operatives of the Bauchi state Command have intercepted a truck marked FFF 422 XB coming from Lagos to Maiduguri, at Azare, Bauchi. A total of 164.8kg of cannabis sativa concealed in peak milk cartons was recovered from the truck.

The NDLEA Chief Executive has commended the officers and men of the FCT Command for their vigilance and for preventing counterfeit $4.7 million from going into the streets. He charged them and their counterparts in Adamawa, Kwara, Bauchi and others across the country not to rest on their oars.


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