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NDLEA intercepts meth, skunk consignments concealed in tomato pastes, clothes at airport

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted consignments of skunk concealed in tins of tomato paste and methamphetamine hidden in used clothes meant for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

While the skunk in tomato paste consignment weighing 20.00 kilograms was intercepted on Friday, September 8th, at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja, the meth shipment with a gross weight of 1.60kg was seized at a courier company in Lagos.

Another consignment of 556 grams of Canadian Loud sent from Canada to one Tunji Adebayo in Ikorodu, Lagos, was also intercepted by NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier firms. Though Adebayo was not home when operatives visited his house at 52, Aina Atoloye Street, Ikorodu, he directed his younger brother to sign for the package on his behalf. The brother was promptly arrested.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives raided the enclave of a notorious drug lord in Akala, Mushin, Lagos, Abdul Rauf (aka ‘Na God), where 1,101 kg of Ghanaian liquor were recovered and three suspects arrested, while the wanted kingpin remains at large.

In Kogi, 22-year-old Agada Emmanuel was arrested with 77.400 kg of cannabis on Thursday, September 7th, along the Okene-LLokoja-AAbuja expressway, while a total of 369,980 pills of opioids were also recovered on the same road on Monday, September 4th, and the suspect linked to the seizure, Kabiru Ahmad Abdullahi, was arrested in a follow-up operation in Gombe state.

No fewer than 399 pieces of improvised explosive devices were recovered by NDLEA operatives from one Asana Oluwagbenga Leke, 39, along the Mokwa-Jebba road on Thursday, September 7th. In his statement, the suspect said the explosives were handed to him at a park in Ibadan to be delivered to someone in Kaduna. The suspect and exhibits have since been transferred to the military authorities in Niger State.

In Ogun State, a follow-up operation led to the arrest of Yinka Azeez at Sabo Lafenwa, Abeokuta, on Tuesday, September 5th, following the seizure of 41 kg of cannabis from Titilayo Adetayo at Sagumu Interchange the previous day. At least two suspects, Muhammad Aliyu, 38, and Abdullahi Zakariya, 40, were arrested in Zaria-Kano Road and Haye Arewa, Hotoro, Kano, respectively, and 426.5 kilograms of skunk were seized from them on Tuesday, September 5th.

While Onyeka Uzor, 25, was arrested at Idemili, Anambra State, with 64.8 kg of skunk and tramadol, another suspect, Destiny Irabor, was nabbed on Friday, September 8th, with over 180 kg of opioids loaded in his Toyota Sienna bus. In Kaduna, two suspects, Ahmed Yusuf and Rilwan Nura, were arrested on Wednesday, September 6th, in connection with the seizure of 100 blocks of cannabis weighing 55 kg along Abuja Road.

In Edo State, operatives stormed the Ekudo forest in Onwude LGA, where they destroyed cannabis farms measuring 4.236347 hectares. In the same vein, operatives on Thursday, September 7th, raided the house of one Amuodu Egwehide, 40, in Iloje Okpuje, Owan West LGA, where they recovered 22 bags of skunk weighing 261.4 kg, while a 60-year-old grandma, Mrs. Eunice Egwehide, was arrested in the town the same day with 17 kg of the same substance seized from her.

A suspect, Gapchiya Modu, 26, was arrested with 60 kg of cannabis along Kano-Nguru Road, Nguru, Yobe State, while in Imo State, 200 blocks of the same substance weighing 57 kg were recovered from Usim Orji, 45, along Aba-Owerri Road on Wednesday, September 6th.
After over two months of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, September 6th, arrested a wanted kingpin, Idoko Festus Ifesinachi, 40, linked to the importation of 76.9 kg of Canadian liquor intercepted in a container marked MSDU6686346 at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex, Onne, Rivers State, on June 2nd. He was arrested at his hideout in Lagos and taken to Port Harcourt.

Beside the various drug control efforts, the state Commands and other formations also continued the Agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaigns in schools, worship places, palaces, and local communities, among others. Among them are the WADA advocacy visit to His Royal Highness, Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Maji; the sensitization lectures conducted for members of the Hairdressers Association, Ila Orangun; at the RCCG, Dominion Tower, Port Harcourt; and for Muslim faithful at Harmony Estate central mosque, Ilorin, among others.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Ogun, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Anambra, Niger, Edo, Yobe, and Imo Commands of the Agency, as well as those of DOGI, for their balanced efforts in drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), urged them and their compatriots across the country to keep up the good work.

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