Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted large consignments of illicit drugs especially cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ephedrine, about to be exported to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Europe at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, who made this known in a statement on Sunday said the operatives have arrested a Nigerian based in Athens, Greece, Iwuozor Chinedu.
Babafemi said Iwozor was debarked from an Ethiopian airline flight on Friday, February 3, after officers in the tarmac team of the NDLEA intercepted two bags during a secondary check exercise at the foot of the aircraft.
He noted that when the bags were searched in the presence of Chinedu and other airport stakeholders, two big pellets wrapped with foil papers and some sprinkles of pepper were recovered from each of the two sides of one of the bags. The pellets were used to construct false walls at the sides of the bag.
The two parcels contained substances that tested positive for cocaine and heroin with a gross weight of 1.30kgs and 900grams respectively.
During the preliminary interview, Chinedu claimed he came to Nigeria three months ago to do surgery, which he was not comfortable doing in Athens. He further claimed he was given the bag to deliver in Greece for a fee of N2 million.
Similarly, NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed off the airport on Thursday, January 26, intercepted a sack of new clothes going to Sierra Leone.
During a thorough search of the consignment, a parcel of white crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine with a gross weight of 1kg, as well as 300 grams of skunk and 100 grams of ecstasy (MDMA) were recovered. A freight agent, Mfonabasi Joseph was already arrested in connection with the seizure.
Babafemi further stated that no fewer than 255,500 pills of tramadol and diazepam were recovered from an Italy-based suspect, Duru Josephat who concealed the drugs in two of the bags he was travelling with to Milan, Italy on an Ethiopian airline flight.
He confessed he bought the drugs in Onitsha, Anambra state and was taking them to Italy to sell.
Barely a month after operatives at the Tincan seaport intercepted a consignment of 24.5kgs of cannabis indica concealed in used vehicles imported from Canada, they have again seized 75.75kgs of the same substance, which came from Montreal, Canada, hidden in a container of four used vehicles with number MSCU 5336680.
Coincidentally, the consignment has also been traced to a suspect already in custody in connection with the earlier seizure, Steve Adigwe and his accomplice, Cedrick Maduweke who is still on the run.
In Bauchi State, a suspect Clement Ekweozor was nabbed at Rafin Zurfi area, Bauchi town with 28,088 pills of tramadol and other opioids, while 12,000 capsules of the same drug were among others recovered from four suspects when their commercial bus marked UGH 978 KS was intercepted at Koka junction, Asaba, Delta state by NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, January 1.
A 40-year-old secondary school teacher, Sani Isah was arrested by operatives at a house in the Jekadefari area of Gombe on Thursday, January 2, for dealing in a new psychoactive substance, Akuskura.
Exactly 2,198 bottles of the substance concealed in six bags were recovered from him while he claimed to have started the illicit business in 2018.
Meanwhile, in Ogun State, 190kgs of cannabis were recovered from a dealer, Emmanuel Ibrahim in the Lafenwa area of Abeokuta following credible intelligence, while three suspects Mohd Alasan, Yusif Musa and Musa Musa were arrested at Maidile area of Kano with 2,400 bottles of codeine-based syrup.
Another dealer, Bako Ibrahim, 55, was also arrested on Saturday, February 4, in the Sharada area of Kano with 420 blocks of cannabis weighing 282kgs.
Another dealer of the same substance, Akeem Azeez, 39, was nabbed with 612kgs recovered from him in Akure, Ondo State.
Following a follow-up operation in Minna, Niger state, operatives of the Kogi state command of the agency now have in their custody a suspect, Michael Ikechukwu, 30, over the interception of his consignment containing 106,800 pills of tramadol sent to him from Onitsha, Anambra state, along Okene-Lokoja highway.
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