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NDLEA intercepts over 153,256kgs of drugs, arrests 663 suspects in 1 week

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NDLEA intercepts over 153,256kgs of drugs, arrests 663 suspects in 1 week

The National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted various drugs with a cumulative weight of over 153,256.876 kilograms in the past week.

The agency also revealed that it had arrested 663 suspects in various states during the same period.

The NDLEA made this known in a statement from its spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Mr Babafemi said that among the 663 suspects arrested were a member of the youth corps, a police officer and a suspected soldier, all suspected of being false.

He said that NDLEA agents raided notorious drug outlets in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country last week.

According to him, the raid led to the discovery of an assortment of illicit drugs weighing more than 153,256,876 kilograms, which were either destroyed or seized.

“In Lagos, the famous drug haven Akala in the Mushin region was raided on Friday (October 15) by a combined team of 70 NDLEA agents and 30 soldiers, as part of a joint operation called “Operation Still Waters”.

“No less than 27 suspects were arrested, while various drugs such as cocaine, Tramadol, Rohypnol and cannabis sativa, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 kg, were seized.

“A day earlier, officers also raided drug outlets in the Ojo and Maryland areas of the state (Lagos), where six people were arrested and varying amounts of drugs seized.

“This follows another raid on Alhaji Lasisi, Idioro, Mushin streets, as well as Okota in the Oshodi-Isolo region in which 12 suspects were arrested and more than 165 kg of assorted illicit drugs were recovered, “he said.

Mr Babafemi said that on Friday, October 15, officers also pulled over a Williams Esuabom along the Ore-Shagamu highway in Ogun state with 562.5 kg of cannabis carried on a Toyota sienna bus. .

He said that narcotics officers in a joint operation with soldiers, also raided Lafia Park, Bénoué State, where six suspects, including youth corps member Paul Ndubuisi, were arrested with varying amounts of drugs.

This follows the arrest of an alleged fake soldier Abel John, along the Apir-Makurdi-Aliade road, with 3.5 kg of cannabis on Wednesday October 13, ”he said.

Mr Babafemi said a false deputy police superintendent Joshua Yusuf, who claimed to serve in Kano, was arrested along the Gwagwalada highway while carrying 45.5 kg of cannabis.

“Three suspects were arrested during raids on the villages of Dabba and Luku, in the Kaiama Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara State, where more than 64 kg of drugs were recovered on Wednesday, October 13.

“In Ekiti State, NDLEA members stormed the forest reserve along the Uso road, Ise-Orun LGA.

“They destroyed more than 150,000 kilograms of cannabis harvested from 40 hectares of land in an operation that lasted more than three days.

“The operation, which began on Tuesday, October 12, continued until Sunday, October 17,” he said.

The spokesperson said that no less than 615 suspects were arrested and illicit drugs, weighing a total of 3394.2031 kilograms, recovered in raids across other states.

Babafemi quoted NDLEA President Buba Marwa as congratulating the officers and men of Lagos State Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country.

Mr Marwa praised them for their resilience and commitment to the war on illicit substances, ordering them not to rely on their oars.

He called for continued collaboration between the agency and other stakeholders, especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.

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