No fewer than 15 drug dealers, among them a woman on wheelchair, were arrested after a coordinated raid Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have seized 8,268.2311 kilos of assorted illicit drugs including cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk among others in coordinated raids across Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Enugu, Bauchi, Edo and Anambra states.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said the ‘offensive action began on Sunday 1 August and lasted till Saturday 7 August, 2021 in the seven states. The raids aimed at mopping up illicit drugs in the affected states followed intelligence and as part of the ongoing offensive action ordered by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa against all drug cartels across the country.
“The bulk of the seized drugs were recovered in Ondo and Edo states. In Akure, the Ondo State capital, a 27-year-old Omokayode Adedayo was on Friday 6th August arrested along Oda road, Akure South Local Government Area with a cocktail of illicit substances including cannabis sativa, cocaine, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and designer drug.
“The previous day, Thursday 5 August, men of the Nigerian Army had intercepted 1,025kgs of cannabis in Toyota Sequia numbered FST 169 BW and a Toyota Sienna with APP 918 FA as registration number, at a checkpoint in Isua Akoko, where two fake police officers; Stephen Sunday and Eze Ezenwa were also arrested with 575kgs of cannabis being conveyed in a Sienna bus with a fake police registration number NPF 1651D,” Babafemi said.
The suspects and exhibits were promptly handed over to the Ondo State command of NDLEA along with a cash exhibit of N148,300.
This was preceded by a raid carried out by operatives of the Ondo State command at Egbeta community, a border town between Ondo and Edo states, where 6,332kgs of cannabis sativa were recovered and two suspects, Emeka Ossai and Raphael Henry arrested.
In Akwa Ibom State, raids in parts of the state led to the recovery of 64.903kg of illicit drugs including 1.2031kgs crack cocaine from a 26-year-old Nwoye Ogbonna Solomon, the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of the state.
In Adamawa state, a drug dealer, Ikechukwu Onuh, was arrested at Jimeta, Yola on Thursday 5 August with 14.400kgs of tramadol packaged as diclofenac to evade detection.
In Enugu 19.08kg of cocaine and skunk was recovered from three suspects including a 35-year-old cripple, Iyiogwe Chinenye and 25-year-old Aja Chidi David. Also, different quantities of cocaine and heroin were seized from an 18-year-old drug dealer, Jude Chinedu during raids at Inland town area of Onitsha, Anambra State.