NDLEA boss commends officers for huge seizures of illicit drugs, arrests of drug traffickers nationwide

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Nigeria winning the war against drug trafficking, Marwa assures international community
Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd)

Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the officers and men of the MMIA command for the huge seizures of drugs and the arrests of drug traffickers in the country.

Marwa also commended officers and men of the Ondo, Borno, Benue and Delta state commands for the seizures and arrests of drug dealers in the various parts of the country.

He charged them and other commands to sustain the current momentum, assuring them that President Muhammadu Buhari recognises their efforts and would continue to motivate them to do more.

According to the NDLEA, one Mrs Nnadi Nora Chinyere has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the departure hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos after she was caught with 100 wraps of heroin and two parcels of the same substance. According to the Director, Media and Advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi on Sunday, Mrs Nnadi was arrested on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, during an outward clearance of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight to Florentine, Italy.

The drugs found on her were concealed in five containers of hair relaxer cream.

In the same vein, on Thursday, 12th August 2021, operatives of the MMIA Command of the Agency intercepted a United Kingdom bound consignment of illicit drugs at the NAHCO export shed of the airport.

Further investigation reveals the consignment contains 66.600kg of cannabis Sativa; 1.600kg heroin and 1.450kg of cocaine with a combined weight of 69.65kilograms, all concealed inside cosmetics.

Earlier, precisely Thursday 5th August, narcotic officers on routine patrol intercepted another consignment of 25.8 kilograms of cocaine and cannabis concealed inside foodstuffs going to London, UK at NAHCO export warehouse. When the export package was opened and examined, 2.3kg of cocaine and 23.5kg of compressed cannabis were discovered inside.

Elsewhere, operatives of the agency arrested a former sergeant of the Nigerian Army Muffat Ekong and one Frank Iredia Obamwonyi was arrested on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, with 286.3kilograms of cannabis at Ogwashi Uku, Delta state on their way to Enugu State.

Also, on Friday, August 13, 2021, the Benue State Command of the agency arrested an interstate trafficker, Eze Victor Ezenwanne at Apir- Aliade road, Makurdi with 65.436 kilograms of diazepam tablets, while another suspected fake soldier, Adeyemi Segun Olamide was arrested in Maiduguri, Borno state with 650grams of skunk.

In another patrol operation, according to Mr Babafemi along Akure-Owo road, a team of operatives from Owo Area command of the Agency intercepted a bus from Lagos inbound Owo to Ibilo, Kogi state on August 7, 2021.

The patrol team from the vehicle include six parcels of skunk weighing 3.6kg; 30 pinches of Crack Cocaine weighing 87grams and six sachets of Arizona weighing 265grams. Two suspects have been arrested in connection to drug trafficking.

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