NDLEA arrests Italy-bound lady, pregnant woman, fake soldier for drug trafficking

Posted On 19 Sep 2021
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° storms Edo forests, destroy hectares of drug farms; intercepts cocaine, heroin going to Canada, Australia

NDLEA arrests Italy-bound lady, pregnant woman, fake soldier for drug trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has arrested an Italy -bound lady, a pregnant woman, a fake soldier for drug trafficking.
The agency also raided some forests in Edo State where some drug farms were destroyed.

Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Femi Babafemi, in a statement, explained that the NDLEA has continued its’ nationwide ‘offensive action’ against drug traffickers in the past week, seizing hundreds of kilograms of illicit substances at the airports, courier firms, hideouts and destroying hectares of cannabis farms in the remote forests.

According to him, attempts by a female passenger, Isesele Obehi and Emmanuel Chibuzor Omebere, to export illicit drugs to Europe through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, were thwarted by narcotic officers who arrested them shortly before they boarded their flights.
He said, while Isesele, was nabbed on Saturday, September, 11, during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight at Gate B departure hall of the Lagos airport on her way to Milan, Italy, with 312 sachets of Tramadol, weighing 1.5kg, concealed in crayfish and dried vegetables, Chibuzor was equally caught with 137.45 grams of the same drug concealed in foodstuff at the Abuja airport on Thursday, during outward clearance of Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

“In the same vein, efforts by desperate traffickers to export varying sizes of consignments containing cocaine, heroin, and other illicit drugs through courier firms were also foiled. Some of these include 475grams of heroin concealed in food items going to Canada;202grams of cocaine hidden in body cream containers going to Australia; 720grams of Cannabis Sativa tucked in computer hard drives heading to the United Arab Emirates, UAE and another 2.1kg of cannabis hidden in body cream bottles going to Oman, while 60grams of cocaine concealed in degree certificates meant for Australia was also seized, all from three courier firms in Lagos.
“Curiously, a 38-year-old pregnant woman, Kate Ngozi Nwuju, was arrested on Tuesday, September 14, at her residence in Rumueme, Mile 4 area of Port Harcourt, Rivers state with 4.5kilograms of cannabis following intelligence that she sells drugs.
“Also, Aliyu Saidu, suspected to be a fake soldier was arrested with 2.3kg of Cannabis Sativa in a commercial bus from Lagos to Makurdi, on Monday, September 13, at Aliade checkpoint, Benue State.

In Kano, Shuaibu Yusuf was arrested on Friday, September 17, with 537kg of cannabis sativa, concealed among bags of cement in a truck, while in Ogun state, five persons were arrested on Tuesday, September 14, after their truck conveying 552kg of cannabis was intercepted at Ogere Remo, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway. In a related development, narcotic officers on motorised patrol on Friday, September 17, arrested a 21-year-old Law Ubi at Marian Road, Calabar, Cross River state with 67.4 kg cannabis while a follow-up search of his residence the following day, Saturday, led to the recovery of 4.2grams of Cocaine from his apartment.
“In Edo, operatives stormed remote forests in Ovia North East area of the state between 8th and 16th September, destroyed over 14 hectares of cannabis farms, and recovered 172.6kg of cannabis. Three female and male suspects were also arrested in raids across Owan East and Akoko Edo areas of the state. Different quantities of cannabis and local mixtures called monkey tails were recovered from them.

“Commending the officers and men of the Lagos airport, Abuja airport, Benue, Kano, Ogun, Rivers, Cross River and Edo commands as well as those of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, of the Agency for maintaining the heat on drug dealers, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said their efforts “further reaffirm our determination that those in this criminal trade will always have the new NDLEA to contend with; whether in their homes, on the streets, at the ports and deep in the forests, we’ll chase them with every legitimate force and smoke them out, up to the last man or woman if they fail to repent.”

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