NDLEA officials arrested 6 people and seized 5,862kg of drugs during a raid of the Lagos network of a top drug cartel, the Drug Enforcement Agency said on Saturday.
During the raid, one Mrs. Sherifat Kehinde Lawal, a major drug kingpin operating the notorious Patey Lagos Island drug haven in Lagos state, was arrested along with six other suspects on Saturday 26th February 2022 by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, who also recovered 5,862 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs including Loud and Codeine.
NDLEA officials stormed the drug kingpin’s Gambari street base on Saturday, February 26th, at 9:30 a.m., following credible intelligence and follow-up surveillance on illicit drug selling in Osho, Gambari, and Beecroft Streets, Patey Area of Lagos Island.
Other cartel members operating in the axis, quickly mobilized hoodlums who attacked the officers with stones, bottles, and pistols in an attempt to prevent the officers from arresting anyone in the area. They also tried to free the suspects already in the custody of the NDLEA officials.
However, the NDLEA officials were able to defend themselves tactically and took the suspects and exhibits away.
Other suspects arrested alongside Mrs. Lawal include; Ahmed Yisau, Solomon Alape, Olayemi Akinola, Salami Qudus, Bakare Rafiu, Rose Samson, Yusuf Rofiat, and Chukwudi Egon.
Reacting to the successful operation, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, commended the NDLEA officials and men of the Agency’s Lagos Command.
He however cautioned people who are being used by drug cartels to block or attack anti-narcotics agents in the course of their duties to stop or face serious consequences.