Village Head in Sokoto and ten others arrested over 991,320 opioid pills and 1,251kg of skunk
Abubakar Ibrahim, the village head of Gidan Abba in Sokoto state’s Bodinga local government area, was among eleven suspects arrested in interdiction operations in which the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, recovered 991,320 pills of pharmaceutical opioids, 1,251kgs of cannabis and khat, and 46.637 kilograms of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin across seven states.
This was stated by the NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.
He stated that on Wednesday, October 26 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, NDLEA operatives attached to the SAHCO import shed intercepted a total of 15 cartons containing 802,000 Tramadol pills imported from Dubai, UAE and Karachi, Pakistan.
While 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg came in from Dubai on Ethiopian Airlines flight, four cartons of 100mg and a carton of 225mg Tramadol came from Karachi, Pakistan on another Ethiopian Airlines flight.
“On the same day, operatives at the SAHCO export shed intercepted cans of tomato paste going to the United Kingdom. A thorough search of the consignment revealed that the tomato cans were used to conceal 36 pellets of cannabis with a gross weight of 21.30 kilograms while a cargo agent, Sodehinde Akinwale has been arrested in connection with the seizure.
“Two days after, Friday 28th October, operatives attached to the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport seized five cartons of dried khat leaves, weighing 107.70kgs that came in from Bangkok, Thailand through Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.
“A follow up operation on the seizure of 11.90kgs Meth concealed in the heads of dried fish going to Dubai, UAE on 5th August has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old bricklayer, Babatunde Quadri Mamowora on Thursday 27th Oct in Sango Ota area of Ogun state in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in the area,” said the statement.
He added that a 27-year-old Madu Chukwuemeka Miracle has been arrested by operatives at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu on arrival from Nairobi, Kenya via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday Oct 26.
“A search of his three bags revealed 76 foreign bathing soaps made with cocaine in one of the bags while another has two plastic bottles containing cream like liquid, which tested positive to cocaine. The cocaine bars weigh 10.650 kilograms while the liquid cocaine weighs 2.496 kilograms, bringing the total weight to 13.146 kilograms.
In Kogi state, Mr Babafemi said NDLEA operatives on stop and search operation along Okene-Abuja highway on Thursday October 27 intercepted a Chisco branded bus coming from Lagos to Abuja with a consignment of 32.9kgs Meth packaged as tubers of yam; 376 grams of cocaine and 215 grams of heroin.
“While the bus driver, Pascal Nmaram, was promptly arrested, a follow up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of the recipient of the illicit cargo, Ikenna Akunne, who confessed he was detailed to travel with the consignment to Spain the following day, Friday October 28 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja,” he said.
The statement also said the operatives of the state command of the Agency have destroyed five hectares of cannabis farms at Agbonkete, Iyaya Camp, Igalamela/Odolu LGA, where a suspect, Augustine Agbenyo, 34, was arrested with three sacks of both fresh and dried leaves and stems of the illicit substance.
While operatives seized 146,000 pills of Tramadol 225mg in a buy and bust operation in Oshodi area of Lagos state on Tuesday October 25, Mr Babafemi said the village head of Gidan Abba village, in Bodinga local government area of Sokoto State, Abubakar Ibrahim, 38, was arrested in Bodinga town same day with 3kgs of cannabis sativa and 4,000 tablets of exol-5.
In the FCT, operatives on patrol along Kwali-Abuja highway on Monday October 24 intercepted a truck with 915.8kilograms of cannabis and arrested three suspects: Kabiru Ibrahim, 40; Muhammad Muawiyya, 30, and Adamu Adamu, 24.
In Adamawa state, operatives arrested two trans-border traffickers, Abdullahi Mamuda (aka Mama) and Aliyu Abdullahi (aka Garga) at Skylight Hotel in Jambutu, Yola North. A search of their vehicle, an ash coloured Toyota Corolla car with registration number JMT 146 TE (Adamawa), revealed 39, 320 tablets of Tramadol 225mg concealed in different compartments of the doors of the car.
Preliminary investigation shows the trans-border traffickers took off from Onitsha in Anambra State and travelled to Jimeta, Adamawa State where they lodged in the hotel before heading to Belel, a town along the Nigeria-Cameroon border where they would repackage the drugs as ordinary consumables and ferry across the river to Garoa in Cameroon. Operatives in Ondo state on Friday October 28 stormed a 2-bedroom building in Uso town, where they arrested one Okon Etim, 45, with 12 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 207kgs.
In response to the recent string of arrests and seizures in Kogi, Lagos, Sokoto, Adamawa, Ondo, and the FCT, as well as the Agency’s MMIA and AIIA Commands, NDLEA Chairman Buba Marwa praised the officers and men of the various commands for their unwavering commitment to the presidential mandate to clear Nigerian forests and communities of illicit drugs in whatever form. He challenged them to be firm and upright at all times.