The national drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has thwarted fresh attempts to export various quantities of methamphetamine and skunk by members of some transnational drug trafficking organizations through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja.
The NDLEA, intercepted the illicit drug consignments concealed in different items.
At the Lagos airport on Tuesday, September 12, NDLEA operatives intercepted an intending passenger going to Oman, Ugwu Peter Tochukwu, while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight. Upon a thorough search of his luggage, 7.50 kilograms of skunk were discovered concealed inside crayfish mixed with dry bitter leaf.
In the same vein, NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations attached to some courier companies also intercepted Dubai-bound 2.9 kilograms of skunk and 14 grams of methamphetamine concealed in bags of semovita and the soles of ladies’ high-heeled shoes, respectively.
In Imo State, operatives on patrol along the Aba-Owerri expressway on Wednesday, September 13, intercepted five pregnant teenage girls suspected to be victims of child trafficking used as baby factories. They were picked up while being relocated from their hideout in the Naze area of Owerri to the Ikenegbu area of the state capital.
The victims include: Chioma Emmanuel, 15; Uma Faith, 15; Divine Adimonye, 17; Opara Gift, 15; and Amarachi Mbata, 16. In their statements, they claimed they didn’t know the men who impregnated them. The Imo state command of the Agency has since been directed to hand them over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for further investigations.
While two suspects, Moses Akowe, 32, and Sunday Gabriel, 31, were arrested with 227.1 kg of cannabis on Tuesday, September 11th, at Ikebe village, Ankpa LGA, Kogi state, a female suspect, Bilikisu Salako, 35, was nabbed with 108 kg of the same substance on Saturday, September 16th, in the Ifo area of Ogun state.
A total of 100 blocks of cannabis weighing 55 kg and 600 bottles of codeine-based syrup seized from the duo of Salisu Murtala and Shafi’u Dahiru on Tuesday, September 11th, along Abuja Road have been traced to two other suspects: Muntari Nasiru and Yusuf Ali, who were arrested in follow-up operations in Kano.
In FCT Abuja, a 27-year-old man, Kingsley Chimaobi, was arrested with 6,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup along the Lokogoma-Abuja road on Tuesday, September 11.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos sentenced a drug dealer, Segun Odeyemi, to five years imprisonment on Wednesday, September 13th, for trafficking and dealing in 3,842 kilograms of skunk. He was arrested on Saturday, July 1st, while conveying 89 jumbo bags of the illicit substance in his truck around the Eleganza area of Ajah, Lekki. He was subsequently charged in suit number FHC/L/388C/2023, presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko.
Across the country, various commands of the Agency continued their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) sensitization activities in the past week, taking advocacy messages to the stakeholders. Instances of this include a WADA advocacy visit to the head of Kadiria Islamic Sect of Africa, Sheikh Qaribullah Nasiru Kabara, in Kano; a WADA sensitization lecture for men and officers of the Nigerian Army at Sobi Barracks, Ilorin; a lecture for the Muslim community in Kaduna; a WADA sensitization lecture at the Enugu State College of Health and Technology, Oji-River; an advocacy lecture for members of the Ram Sellers Association, Osogbo; as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Navy School of Music, Ota, Ogun State, among others.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Imo, Kaduna, Ogun, Kogi, FCT, and Lagos Commands as well as those of DOGI for intensifying their drug control efforts, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), equally applauded the commitment of all the commands across the country to work with other stakeholders to take the WADA sensitization lectures and advocacy messages to the communities, schools, worship centers, work places, and traditional institutions. He charged them not to relent.