Drug War: US, Dubai-Bound Drugs Seized At Lagos Airport As NDLEA Arrests 39 In Abuja Raids

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Destroys 5.3 hectares of cannabis farm in Edo

Kandigu Kadi, a Congolese living in Nigeria, and Makowulu Ebuka Anthony, a Nigerian, were arrested by NDLEA agents at the NAHCO and SAHCO export sheds of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, for attempting to export controlled and illicit drugs to the United States of America and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

While Kandigu was apprehended on Tuesday, May 31st, at the NAHCO export shed for attempting to export 2.100kg of pentazocine injection, Makowulu was apprehended on Friday, June 3rd, in connection with an attempt to export parcels of cannabis sativa concealed in cereal packs to Dubai via the SAHCO cargo shed.

According to investigations, the pentazocine shipment was destined for Kinshasa, Congo, while a similar container with 200 vials of pentazocine injection confiscated at the airport a week earlier was destined for the United States.

In his case, Makowulu was apprehended with eight parcels of cannabis weighing 2.90kg hidden in Nutribom Cereals cartons, among other natural packs of the cereal, as part of a consolidated cargo intended for several people in Dubai.

Meanwhile, anti-narcotics officers in Edo have intercepted 10,280 Tramadol tablets, 2000 Diazepam tablets, 300 Swinol tablets, 5000 Axol tablets, and 10 bottles of Codeine-based syrup in the state’s Irrua area, while also destroying 5.301713 hectares of cannabis farm in Oke forest, Ovia North East LGA, as part of efforts to disrupt all cannabis planting activities in the state.

In Yobe state, NDLEA operatives on Friday 9th June raided Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum town, where a notorious drug dealer, Usman Alhaji a.k.a NEPA was arrested and 22 blocks of cannabis sativa recovered from him.

In the past week, no fewer than 39 suspects were arrested across drug joints raided in parts of the Federal Capital Territory and different quantities of assorted illicit drugs were recovered from them. Areas raided between Saturday 4th June and Saturday 11th June include Apo Mechanic (Cashew forest), Apo NEPA, Tora Bora, Gishiri junction, Jabi Park, Jabi forest, Jabi Gidan Bola, Deidei area, Rugga area, City Gate, Sabon Lugbe, Basa village and Airport road.

The raid, which continues across Abuja, is a joint operation between the FCT Command of the Agency and the Chairman Monitoring Special Task Force to rid the capital territory of the activities of drug dealers and peddlers.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of MMIA, Edo, Yobe and FCT Commands as well as the C-MSTF for their resilience. He charged them and others across all commands to remain vigilant and committed to the collective goal of saving Nigeria from the drug scourge.

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