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NDLEA arrests NYSC member, others for drug trafficking cases in Abuja

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NDLEA arrests NYSC member, others for drug trafficking cases in Abuja 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested a 22-year-old youth corps member, Arnold Maniru in Abuja for allegedly importing four kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom.

This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi.

In its communique, the NDLEA said the suspect serving with a government agency in Abuja was arrested on Saturday 28th August, 2021 following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company.

A controlled delivery of the parcel, which contains the candies laced with Arizona, a strong variant of cannabis and some liquid, was subsequently carried out.

In a similar vein, operatives attached to courier companies in Lagos have intercepted 1.2kg of cannabis concealed inside locally made cookies going to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 920 grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair heading to Saudi Arabia.

Another 1.08kg of cannabis concealed in spray cans going to Pakistan and 625 grams of methamphetamine hidden in clothing heading to Australia were also seized.

According to Mr Babafemi, operatives across the states have intensified arrests of traffickers and seizures of illicit drugs.

He said a total of 384.7 kilograms of assorted narcotics being transported to the nation’s capital, Abuja for sale were intercepted and seized at patrol points in Lokoja, Kogi State on Monday 30th August and Thursday 2nd September, 2021.

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In another related development, a suspected  Kano drug dealer, Chiduzie Ibegbunam, was arrested with 16.8 grams of cocaine and 0.6 grams of heroin while 158,000 monetary exhibits were recovered from him when his joint was raided.

Mr Babafemi added that in Nasarawa State, 22 suspects were arrested and 43.9 kilograms of illicit drugs seized when operatives stormed notorious drug joints in Gadabuke forest, Toto LGA and Down Base/Timber Shed both in Nasarawa LGA, dismantling and setting ablaze their makeshift homes.

According to him, during the raid, 11.5 grams of Tramadol and N307, 255 monetary exhibits were recovered from another suspect who escaped and has been declared wanted.

In reaction to the arrests and seizures in the past week across the FCT, Kogi, Rivers, Kano, Niger, Borno, Nasarawa and Ebonyi state commands as well as the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the commanders, officers and men of the commands for keeping the flame burning and maintaining the heat on drug traffickers and dealers.

Gen Marwa assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of their efforts and remains committed to improving their welfare as they intensify the ongoing war against drug abuse and trafficking across the country.

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