NDLEA operatives seize 22,160kg Codeine, Meth, Loud and cannabis in various raids across Nigeria, arrest woman trying to smuggle drugs into the camp of repentant terrorists as well as dismissed DPO for drug related offenses.
In two significant operations in Lagos state, agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, confiscated over 22,160 kg of codeine syrup, methamphetamine, and skunk in Apapa harbor and a known drug den in Akala, Mushin area of the state.
While a total of 14,080kg codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kg cold caps used to conceal the former in a 40ft container imported from India were intercepted on Wednesday 2nd February 2022 at the Apapa port, Cannabis/Loud/Skunk imported from Ghana and Methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72kg were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin on Thursday 3rd February.
In a press release by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, the NDLEA Strike Force operatives raided fortified warehouses in the drug den in Akala, with military support, and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies, and methamphetamine.
17 suspects were arrested during the raid and are being held for questioning.
Babafemi further noted that the seizure at the Lagos port was made possible with shared information from foreign partners and the collaboration of other port stakeholders with the NDLEA strike force team.
In another development, a female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Seriki, was apprehended by narcotic officers after weeks of manhunt.
She is one of the owners of 12,385 Loud pellets imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 27th November 2021.
Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a. Iya Ilorin, admitted to being one of the owners of the seized consignments. She also revealed that the bags containing her own drugs had the words “Jah Bless” inscribed on it.
After identifying and sorting the drugs, there were 16 bags with the inscription and all the bags put together weighed 668.85kg.
In another development, one Mr. Monday George Chika, a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police Station, Ondo state, who was discharged from service for drug related offenses, was arrested alongside an accomplice, Emmanuel Eniola, 40, in Niger state, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168kg.
They were apprehended on Sunday, January 30th, in Mokwa, Niger state, after their Toyota Avalon automobile, registered EKY 429 BZ (Lagos), was stopped at Idanre on its way to Kanji, Borgu region of the state, filled with the drugs.
The statement by the NDLEA also revealed that attempts by various traffickers to ship varying quantities of methamphetamine to Brazil and the United Kingdom were thwarted by narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.
The first attempt was made on Friday, January 28th, through the SAHCO export shed, where NDLEA operatives discovered 0.80 kilograms of meth hidden in a relaxer plastic container bound for the United Kingdom. A suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy, was arrested for further investigation after presenting the package for search.
The second attempt occurred on Friday, February 4th, during outward passenger clearance at the airport’s Gate ‘C’ Departure Hall, when an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airlines bound for Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi, was apprehended with 500 grams of meth hidden inside three plastic hair relaxer containers.
In a related development, during an inward clearing of passengers at the same Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos on Sunday 30th January, a male passenger, Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, arriving from Kampala, Uganda through Nairobi, Kenya, was intercepted by NDLEA operatives. He was said to be carrying 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank, and Zenith Bank.
On Friday, February 4th, NDLEA operatives invaded the Igbogiri forest in Orhionwon LGA in Edo State, destroying four dry season Cannabis plantations totaling 3.067718 hectares. This followed the evacuation of 20 bags of compressed cannabis blocks totaling 269.5 kilograms from a bush in Uzebba, Owan West LGA, the day before, and the arrest of Afadama James, 42, with 348 kilograms of cannabis in Owan, Ovia North East LGA, on Wednesday 2nd February.
NDLEA operatives in Delta state also arrested one Kate Osagie, a 21-year-old student of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, for a 17.6gram designer drug she ordered from Onitsha, Anambra state.
In a related development, on the 3rd of February, NDLEA operatives in Borno state apprehended Fatima Musa, 30, for attempting to smuggle pentazocine injections into the camp of surrendered terrorists.
Also, NDLEA operatives in Plateau state stopped a truck bearing the number LSD857XB, which was traveling from Ekpoma, Edo State, carrying 885 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 736kg.
Two suspects, Ebunoluwa Babalola, 40, and Sulyman Sheu, 30, were arrested with 90kg of cannabis in Ganmo, Ilorin, Kwara State, and N400,000 was given to bribe the arresting authorities.
In a similar vein, a 29-year-old Charity Omuche from Anambra state was arrested with 2kg of methamphetamine on Friday 4th February by operatives at Gwagwalada area of the FCT, while officers of the Agency’s Kaduna Command arrested a suspect, Buhari Isah Umar, with 300 shisha pens and 999 portions of synthetic cannabinoids with a gross weight of 9.690kg.
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, has praised officers and men of the Agency’s Strike Force, Apapa seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT, and Delta Commands for successful interdiction operations that resulted in the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs from across the country in the past week.