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NDLEA intercepts 2,060kg heroin, other drugs



NDLEA intercepts 2,060kg heroin, other drugs

By Ibironke Ariyo

NDLEA officers have intercepted more than 2,060 kilograms of heroin and other various drugs in six states.

NDLEA Media and Advocacy Director Femi Babafemi said this in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday.

Babafemi said the drugs were intercepted at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, and in Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna and Plateau states.

He added that the drugs seized included heroin, methamphetamine, Indian hemp, tramadol and Rohypnol.

He said two consignments of heroin weighing 4.40 kg and 550 grams were intercepted in the MMIA cargo shed on October 6 and 15, respectively.

He explained that the first was seized from Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc. (SAHCO) airport import hangar.

The heroin was concealed in sacks of granulated sugar and flour from Johannesburg, South Africa, and arrived via Addis Ababa in Lagos on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

“Two suspects, Chukwuemeka Ugochukwu, a freight agent who cleared the shipment and a Kabiru Aminu, a stockist who was to collect the cargo for distribution to recipients were arrested for further investigation.

“In a follow-up operation on October 9, an Adeoya Joy who was supposed to collect Aminu’s luggage was arrested at Ajao Estate, Lagos,

“Enahoro Unction, who was also responsible for collecting part of the shipment, was caught in the Abule-Egba neighborhood of Lagos.

“Both were acting on instructions from their partners in South Africa,” Babafemi said.

He added that the second shipment, discovered in SAHCO’s export shed and concealed in walls of 10 cardboard boxes laced with sewing materials, was headed for Malaysia.

The shipment was to be transported by Ethiopian Airline cargo plane via Addis Ababa. A freight forwarder, Ekpe Victor, was arrested in connection with the shipment.

“Attempts by another freight agent, Igwe Onwukwe, to export two consignments of Indian hemp to the UK were foiled by NDLEA agents.

“The first attempt was on October 15, when Onwukwe presented a 16.55 kg box of Indian hemp for export to the UK at NAHCO’s export shed where it was quickly arrested.

“Curiously, another shipment of 15.85 kg of Indian hemp also heading to the UK and intercepted on October 20 was traced to Onwukwe, even though it was still under investigation in detention, ”Babafemi said.

Meanwhile, two people, Uchenna Ali, 22, and Tochukwu Eno, 20, were arrested with 302 kg of Indian hemp in Ondo state.

Their arrest follows a raid on a warehouse in the Emure Forest, in the local government area of ​​Owo, on Friday, October 22, by NDLEA agents.

Babafemi said a 45-year-old driver, Mohammed Haruna, was also arrested with 10,161 packets of tramadol and rohypnol tablets and capsules as he was transporting the illicit drugs on a bus for distribution in Kano.

“In Kaduna, a suspected bogus soldier, Abiodun Ademoya, from South Akure in Ondo State was arrested in Zaria with 11.6 kg of Indian hemp.

“In Plateau, agents intercepted a public transport bus bound for Yola, registered FKY 341 ZA, belonging to Gombe Express from Lagos, on the Jos-Abuja road, in the local government area of ​​Riyom.

“One of the passengers, Ahmad Musa, 32, was found in possession of 22 compressed Indian hemp pellets weighing a total of 15 kg concealed in a black bag,” Babafemi added.

Meanwhile, in a bold move, breastfeeding mother Mariam Drissu, 35, was arrested at NDLEA’s Edo Command Headquarters on Thursday, October 21 as she attempted to smuggle drugs into a suspect’s cell.

NDLEA agents who were searching for a local staple “Akpu” that Mariam brought to the suspect in custody were found to be concealing two cups of Indian hemp “Loud” weighing 13 grams.

Likewise, officers from the Edo State Command also raided a 3.2 hectare Indian hemp farm on Thursday in Ayegunle Forest, Akoko Edo region in South Korea. ‘State.

Babafemi said officers destroyed the plantation and evacuated 100 bags of harvested Indian hemp weighing 1,639 kg, while a suspect, Samuel Ochonogor, was arrested in the forest with 66.7 kg of Indian hemp.

The NDLEA spokesperson added that the NDLEA also intercepted more than 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in palm fruit boxes, cashew artwork and bottles, auto parts and photo frames for Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Qatar.

The drugs were intercepted at the premises of some courier companies in Lagos.

Babafemi quoted the NDLEA chairman, the retired brigadier general. Buba Marwa, greeting the officers and men of the MMIA, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna and Plateau commands.

Marwa praised their resilience and tenacity, urging them and others to continue to keep their eyes on the goal until all of the country’s drug cartels are dismantled.

Source: NAN

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