The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the arrest of a suspected drug dealer, Okafo Okwudili Moses in connection with the chunk of illicit hard drugs found in one of the toilets of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos.
The drugs (cocaine), weighing about 2.55 kilograms were discovered in a toilet at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA according to a statement on Sunday by the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi.
The statement explained that the drugs were discovered at the airport toilet on Friday 12th November where it was dropped by the trafficker over the suspected fear of getting arrested by narcotics officers at the airport.
The owner of the consignment was picked up the next day as he arrived from Brazil and has confessed to being the owner of the discovered drugs.
“The following day, Saturday, Nov. 13, the actual owner of the consignment, Moses arrived the airport from Brazil via an Ethiopian Airline flight and was promptly arrested.
“While being interviewed in custody, he confirmed he is the owner of the seized illicit drug,” Mr. Babafemi said.
The NDLEA spokesman also announced that operatives of the agency have discovered and destroyed several plantations used for cultivating hard drugs in about five states of the federation.
Drugs were recovered in some instances and arrests were also made.
“In other interdiction operations across the country, over 6,043.857 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were recovered in five states,” he said.
In the same vein, a suspected fake security agent, Abdullahi Mohammed, who claimed to be serving in one of the security formations in Mubi, Adamawa state, was arrested over four blocks of Cannabis Sativa weighing 4kg on Bazza-Michika road.
“In the same vein, four other suspects were arrested at different locations in Jimeta, Yola North LGA, with assorted substances such as Cannabis, Diazepam, Exol-5 and Tramadol tablets.”
“In Ondo State, three persons: Alabi Idowu; Oluwatomipe Olorundare and Finity Sunday were arrested on Monday, Nov. 15 and a total of 2,771kgs of Cannabis recovered from them at Oke Ogun camp, Ipele, Owo LGA.”
“While 59-year-old Mrs Joy Peter was nabbed with over 39kg cannabis and Tramadol tablets on Wednesday Nov. 17.”
“In the same vein, over 2,832kg of drugs were seized and more than two hectares of cannabis farms destroyed in parts of Ekiti state.”
Naija News understands 2,582kg of cannabis were recovered on Tuesday Nov. 16 from Itapaji forest, Ipao, Ikole LGA, 250kg was seized from Ise forest, Ise-Orun LGA where the cannabis farm was also destroyed on Thursday 18th Nov.
“In Ebonyi, 29-year-old Ivoh Chukwuemeka accompanied by his girlfriend Ogbonna Peace, 18, was intercepted along Enugu-Abakaliki expressway with 20.357kg cannabis on Friday, Nov. 19. Similarly, 377.5kg cannabis was seized from at least two suspects: Lucky Okhian and Aaron Monday in Owan West LGA as well as Okpokhumi forest in Owan East LGA of Edo state,” he said.
Reacting to the activities of the NDLEA operatives across the country, the agency’s Chairman, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) was quoted as saying: “We are proving to the bad guys and merchants of death that we’ll not stay a step ahead of them but two steps in this game, and this we must sustain as we prepare to go into the new year.”
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