In a series of coordinated operations, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria has made significant breakthroughs in disrupting drug trafficking activities, apprehending individuals involved, and seizing substantial quantities of illicit substances.
At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NDLEA operatives arrested Sherif Egbo Ally, a 40-year-old Madrid-based businessman, attempting to board an Air France flight to Paris. Body scanners revealed that he had ingested wraps of illicit drugs, and subsequent observations led to the recovery of 93 pellets of heroin weighing 2.222 kilograms. Ally confessed to being involved in drug trafficking alongside his employment at a chicken hatchery farm in Madrid.
In Lagos, NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport seized a consignment of 500,000 pills of tramadol 225mg branded as tapentadol. The cargo, purported to be a transit shipment to Monrovia, Liberia, was intercepted through real-time intelligence sharing mechanisms between NDLEA and Liberian authorities.
Another individual, Ngene Chinecherem Oscar, attempting to export 11.100 kg of skunk and 600 grams of tramadol concealed in foodstuffs to Muscat, Oman, was arrested at the Lagos airport, thwarting the illegal shipment.
The Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI), attached to courier companies, intercepted 1kg of methamphetamine concealed in containers of body cream heading to New Zealand and a consignment of 2.5 kg of cocaine and phenacetin hidden in the walls of a carton bound for Saudi Arabia.
Additional seizures include 112 grams of dimethyl sulfone and 583 grams of cocaine and phenacetin from another courier company in Lagos. The dimethyl sulfone was hidden in the hollow of a motor driving shaft, and the cocaine and phenacetin were packed into a bottle of body cream.
In Imo State, a truck was intercepted along the Owerri-Onitsha expressway, leading to the recovery of 168 bags of skunk weighing 1,854 kilograms. Substantial seizures of skunk were also made in various locations in Edo State, totaling 1,381.3 kg, with multiple arrests.
In Kano State, three individuals were arrested with 106 kg of cannabis. One of the suspects, Aminu Suleiman, was previously convicted for a similar offense.
The Zone J Command seized 478 kg of cannabis in a forest in Ikere, Ekiti, and the Ondo State Command recovered a total of 928 kg of the same substance at different locations.
NDLEA Chairman/CEO, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), commended the officers for their efforts and urged them to remain vigilant, especially with the increased activities of criminal networks during the year-end season. The NDLEA continues its sensitization lectures across schools, communities, and workplaces as part of its War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative.