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NDLEA arrests Lagos-based businessman, Chidiebere, others for illicit drug trafficking

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Lekki Lagos-based businessman, Cyril Chidiebere along with two of his freight agents, Mejabi Peter Sunday and Oyeyinka Babatunde, over their involvement in the importation of twelve (12) parcels of Loud, a strain of cannabis, weighing 6.50kg, which were part of a consolidated cargo brought in from the United States of America.

The arrest and seizure followed a three-day intelligence-led operation. Following the arrival of the cargo at the NAHCO import shed of the MMIA, its movement out of the airport was closely monitored in a sting operation until the actual importer, Cyril Chidiebere, was arrested in his house at Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah, in the Lekki area of Lagos. Both Mejabi and Chidiebere have made useful statements to confirm that the latter has been involved in dealing with illicit drugs in the past.

Also, consignments of Tramadol, Rohypnol, Ecstasy (a designer drug), and Cannabis concealed in winter jackets and bottles of body cream were intercepted by operatives of the NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The psychoactive substances were recovered at the new terminal of the airport on Friday, April 14th, following the arrest of a passenger, Joshia Sunday, who was traveling on a Qatar Airways flight via Doha to Oman, Middle East.

A thorough search of the suspect’s two black bags led to the discovery of 4.80 kilograms of cannabis concealed in three winter jackets and various quantities of Tramadol, Rohypnol, and Ecstasy (a designer drug) hidden in bottles of body lotion. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect came into Nigeria from Oman on April 7 and was returning exactly a week later.

Meanwhile, a pregnant woman, Rabetu Abdulrasak, 24, and a cripple, Shehu Adams, have been arrested by NDLEA operatives in Agbede, Etsako West LGA, Edo State, while over 14 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs, including cannabis, methamphetamine, tramadol, and swinol, were recovered from them on Saturday, April 15th.

A 22-year-old HND-1 female student of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Isoyo Iveren Susan, was arrested on Saturday, April 15th, opposite the 2nd Gate of the institution for dealing in illicit drugs. Recovered from her include 1,100 ML of codeine-based cough syrup and 283 grams of cannabis. This is just as operatives in Lagos arrested two suspects, Nonso Peter, 21, and Bright Chibike, 23, with 43.4 kg of cannabis at Ile-Epo, Abule Egba area of the state, on Friday, April 14th.

In Katsina state, no less than 1,730 bottles of codeine-based syrup were seized from a suspect, Bishir Saadu, in Katsina metropolis on Sunday, April 9th, just as Muhamadu Yusuf was equally arrested the same day with 8,000 capsules of tramadol inside a commercial bus along Kano-Katsina road. In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Kaduna on April 13 raided a clandestine laboratory where mist potassium citrate was being produced in a residential apartment at 16 Sabon Gari, Zaria.

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The owner of the lab, Christopher Agodi, was arrested, and 102 cartons containing 2,448 bottles of the substance were recovered. While a suspect, Salisu Abdullahi, 25, was arrested along the Abuja-Kaduna road with 11.7kg of cannabis concealed in two jerrycans while he was moving from Port Harcourt to Kano, operatives also on Saturday, April 15, nabbed one Atiku Abubakar, 22, on the same road with 50 blocks of cannabis weighing 28kg while traveling from Lagos to Shinkafi in Zamfara state in a commercial bus.

Similarly, anti-narcotic officers acting on a tip-off arrested two suspects: Aminu Saudi, 45, and Abdullahi Sani, 35, at Ogbese, Ondo State, with 11 jumbo bags containing 211kg of cannabis concealed in rice chaff. This was closely followed by the destruction of six hectares of cannabis farms in the Uso Forest in the state on Thursday, April 13th.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, has commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Edo, Ogun, Lagos, Katsina, Kaduna, and Ondo commands of the agency for the arrests and seizures of the past week. He urged them and their compatriots across the country to remain focused and continue the current drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts simultaneously.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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