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NDLEA foils drug trafficking schemes across Nigeria; seizes cocaine, cannabis, and illicit pharmaceuticals

Rampant drug busts expose organized crime, wedding drug parties, and cross-border trafficking networks, prompting heightened vigilance

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In a series of operations, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has thwarted drug trafficking attempts across multiple states in Nigeria, uncovering intricate networks of criminal activity. The arrests include a businessman with a sizable cocaine consignment, individuals involved in a pre-wedding drug abuse competition, and traffickers attempting to smuggle illicit substances across borders.

Cocaine Cache at Enugu Airport

At the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, NDLEA operatives intercepted twelve consignments of cocaine belonging to a drug trafficking organization. Augustine Justine Emeka, a 44-year-old businessman claiming to deal in copper wire, was apprehended upon arrival from Douala, Cameroon. The 797 pellets of cocaine, weighing 17.6 kilograms, were destined for delivery to 12 different individuals within the country.

Wedding Drug Party in Katsina Disrupted

In Katsina state, NDLEA officers acted on intelligence to disrupt a pre-wedding drug abuse competition in Shola Quarters, arresting 25 participants. The groom, Musa Gwandi, was apprehended separately following a manhunt. The suspects were found abusing various illicit substances during the ceremony, highlighting the alarming extent of drug-related activities.

Cross-Border Trafficking and Illicit Pharmaceuticals

The NDLEA’s operations extended beyond domestic borders. A 45-year-old Beninese, Jamila Fatiu, was apprehended at Ebute Ero Jetty in Lagos Island with 398 bottles of codeine cough syrup en route to the Seme border. The agency also intercepted a truck in Anambra carrying 5,612 bottles of codeine-based syrup, 57,800 capsules of tramadol, and 5,100 ampoules of pentazocine injection.

Wide-ranging Arrests and Seizures

The agency’s actions spanned multiple states, with suspects arrested for trafficking cannabis, tramadol, diazepam, and pentazocine injection. Notable seizures included 97kg of cannabis in Ondo state, 81,975 pills of tramadol in Borno, and 46,000 tablets of diazepam, 4,900 pills of tramadol, and 6,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection in the FCT Abuja.

NDLEA’s Ongoing War Against Drug Abuse

As the NDLEA intensifies its War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), advocacy campaigns have been conducted in schools, markets, worship places, and other public spaces across the country. The agency remains committed to not only disrupting drug trafficking networks but also actively engaging in awareness and education initiatives to combat the demand for illicit substances.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers involved and urged continued vigilance to maintain the offensive against drug-related crimes while simultaneously addressing demand reduction efforts. The recent operations underscore the agency’s determination to tackle the multifaceted challenges posed by drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria.

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