Blind grandpa, leper, others in NDLEA net over illicit drugs deals

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A 67-year-old grandpa, Aliyu Adebiyi has been apprehended by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for keeping 234 kilograms of cannabis in his house at Sokoto Village in Owena Ijesha, Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun State.

Adebiyi, in his statement said a drug dealer kept the consignment with him for a fee of N6,000 per month and paid for three months upfront. 

NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, also disclosed the arrest of an alleged notorious leper, a 45-year-old Haruna Abdullahi, from whom 2.2kgs of cannabis and various quantities of Diazepam and Exol were recovered at Garko town, Kano on Thursday 19th Jan.

In the same vein, the anti-narcotic operatives also thwarted desperate efforts to bring into Nigeria 126.95 kilograms of cocaine and skunk concealed in herbal tea packs and imported vehicles by drug cartels from Brazil and Canada.

NDLEA’s operatives recorded the feat at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu and Tincan seaport in Lagos.

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At the Enugu airport, an Ethiopian Airline male passenger, Eze Christian Ikenna, 42, coming from Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was intercepted on arrival at the airport at about 12:30pm on Friday 20th January.

A search of his two bags revealed 19 big sachets which he claimed to contain herbal tea but were later found to be cocaine weighing 16.20 kilograms. 

In the same vein, a joint examination carried out on a container marked TCLU 7799237 from Montreal, Canada at Sifax Okota Bonded Terminal by NDLEA operatives attached to Tincan Command of the Agency on Wednesday 18th January led to the discovery of 110.75kgs of cannabis Indica concealed in two of the four vehicles in the container: a 2011 Toyota Sienna and a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV.

The agency’s efforts to cut access to illicit opioids again paid off on Tuesday, when a consignment of Tramadol being tracked by operatives for some months was eventually traced to a warehouse at Greenfield Estate, Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State.

When the store was opened, a total of one million six hundred and forty-five thousand five hundred and sixty, 1,645,560, pills of Tramadol 100mg, 200mg and 225mg were recovered. 

Another 60,000 pills of Tramadol 250mg were equally recovered from a wanted drug dealer, Diugwu Alphonsus in Bariga area of the state same day while raids carried out in Akala area of Mushin on Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th January led to the recovery of 781.7kgs of cannabis.

No less than 370kgs of cannabis were recovered from a sawmill at Ilale, Owo in Ondo State when operatives stormed the industrial plant following credible intelligence.

In Edo state, 261 kilograms of the illicit substance were seized from a suspect, Uche Monday at Uneme-Osu, Ososo Road in Akoko Edo area of the state with another 74kgs evacuated from a bush at Okpela fertiliser community in Etsako East LGA. 

In Abuja, NDLEA operatives on Monday 16th January raided Lugbe area of the FCT based on credible intelligence that a dealer was operating in a batcher on the outskirt of the town. A search of the batcher led to the recovery of 42.9kgs cannabis, 15grams cocaine, 137grams Methamphetamine, and a cash of N2,148,500 only, believed to be proceeds of the criminal trade.

While reacting to the seizures and arrests by the Lagos, AIIA, Tincan, Osun, Kano, Ondo, Edo and FCT Commands in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended all the officers involved in the operations.

He charged them and their compatriots across the country to remain steadfast and focused on winning the war against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.