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NDLEA bursts snake-guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs, arrests 2 in Edo



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said its operatives raided a snake guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs in the Igor community in Benin City, Edo State, after they detected a specially constructed large hole storage in a wall covered with wallpapers and fetish objects.


NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who made the disclosure in a statement, yesterday, said different quantities of illicit substances such as methamphetamine, loud, colorado and arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743 kilograms, were pulled out from the deep hole dug in the wall of the shrine building.


Babafemi further stated: “At least, two ladies: Sonia Chinonso Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani, were arrested during the intelligence-led operation on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, after the big black snake guarding the shrine was demobilised. In the same vein, two suspects: Obi Ferguson, 45, and Ernest Abanum, 46, were arrested on Saturday, June 22, when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen forest in Ovia South West LGA, Edo State, where 209kg cannabis and a motorcycle were recovered”.


Meanwhile, NDLEA officers in Lagos have intercepted a carefully packaged consignment of 8.2 kilograms of methamphetamine at a motor park in the Maza-maza, Ojo area of the state. The highly addictive illicit substance, also called ice or crystal meth, was packed in imported Dunkin’ turtle love chocolate wraps and then concealed in the casing of three loudspeakers.


A 39-year-old suspect,  Michael Odiomume, who was sending the consignment to Owerri, Imo State, was promptly arrested last Wednesday, at the park.


In Abuja, operatives, last Tuesday, intercepted a white Nissan Frontier Pick Up vehicle with amber lights and fake registration number of a security agency, at Kiyi village in the Kuje area of the FCT. The vehicle was loaded with 454 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 340.8kg procured at Uzeba, Edo State. A 76-year-old grandfather, Mr. Francis Omofa, linked to the consignment, was arrested. He claimed to have been in the illicit drug business for 10 years.


With the same vigour, commands and formations of the agency across the country continued their War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, sensitisation activities in schools, worship centres, workplaces and communities, among others, in the past week. These include: WADA enlightenment lecture for students and teachers of St. Peters College, Nibo, Anambra;  students and staff of Apostolic Grammar School, Ilesa, Osun State; students and teachers of the Immanuel Baptist High School, Oyo town, Oyo State; students and staff of the Federal Government Science and Technical College, Otukpa, Benue State, as well as WADA advocacy lecture for Muslim faithful during their juma’at prayer in Umuahia, Abia State and a WADA advocacy visit to the First Lady of Enugu State, Mrs. Nkechinyere Mbah, by the state command of NDLEA.


While commending the officers and men of Edo, Lagos, and FCT Commands, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), noted the balance in their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts as well as those of their compatriots across the country. He charged them to maintain the ongoing offensive action against drug cartels as they continue to intensify their war against drug abuse, WADA, social a dvocacy campaign.

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