The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has intercepted no fewer than 442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the drugs were concealed in heads of fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirate.
He said that the 11.90kg consignment was brought to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc. (SAHCO) shed of the airport on Aug. 5, by a freight agent from Yagba West LGA of Kogi. Babafemi said that the agent was promptly arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug.
According to him, the items were wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.
“The following day, Saturday, Aug. 6, another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis was uncovered.
“It was concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai,” he added.
Babafemi said that NDLEA operatives had arrested the freight agent, who hails from Abeokuta West LGA in Ogun. He quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as charging the officers and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had intercepted 1.1 million tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) in Kaduna state.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi, who said that three suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs seized in Zaria, added that the drugs weighed 38.3kg.
He named the suspects as Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, Meanwhile, anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu have arrested a 50-year old man, Mgbeobuna Eberechukwu, for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested on Aug. 6, following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.
He said that the suspect, who hailed from Idemili South LGA, Anambra, passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.
In another development, an alleged female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Kano State, was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.
Also, in Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg of cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas in separate raids between Aug. 9 and 10. “At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43kg were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.
“The illegal consignment seized on Friday, came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada and concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in the container.
“In Abia, two suspects: Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba.
“This was a week after one Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June 2022, ” he said.
Babafemi reported the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of AIIA, Tincan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Abia Commands of the agency for the seizures and arrests.
Marwa urged them and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
The Youth of St. Mulumba, Abuja Sub-Council, a faith- based organisation and other stakeholders have called for intensified efforts in preventing the menace of drug and illicit substance abuse in the country.
The President, Youth of St. Mulumba (YSM) Abuja Sub-Council, Mr Ebube Nwaegbu, made the call at the organisation’s one year anniversary and stakeholders symposium, in Abuja on Saturday.
Nwaegbu said there was urgent need for effective measures to address and prevent drugs and illicit substance abuse, especially among youths in Nigeria.
The theme of the symposium was : “Fight Against Drug and Illicit Substance Abuse: the Role of Faith Based Youth Organisation.
” He said that any society that wanted to develop must address some of the challenges affecting the youth.
He advised youths to run away from drug abuse which had rigorous effects on their body, personality and future.
“I want to admonish Nigeria youths to please run away from drug abuse and make yourself responsible and relevant to the society, as leaders of not just tomorrow but also today,” Nwaegbu said.
He said that the programme and its theme were organised to sensitise Nigerians, especially the youth, to the danger of abusing drugs.
The National Project Officer of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Dr Akanidomo Ibanga, who was a guess speaker at the event, also urged faith based organisations to accelerate preventive measures against drug abuse and illicit substance in the country.
Ibanga said that preventive measures were important as rehabilitation centres currently available in the country were insufficient to cater for numbers of those who needed rehabilitation.
He said that currently there were 87 treatment centres with about 2,000 beds, while survey showed that not less than 3,000 persons needed treatment from drugs and substance abuse related issues.
“We are calling on the faith based organisations to do their part, basically to continue to invest in evidence based prevention, care and invest in rehabilitation and reintegration of people who are involved in drugs and substance abuse back to the society,” he said.
He also called for establishment of dropping centres, where people could easily approach to drop those involved in drug abuse for care, treatment and rehabilitation.
Ibanga also called for inclusive care and rehabilitation, especially for women involved in drug abuse.
Another Guest Speaker, Mrs Oluchi Nweke, urged the youth to reject drug abuse no matter the influence.
Nweke, who is an Assistant Commander of Narcotics (CAN) PSO Treatment and Rehabilitation at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said that the increasing rate of hard drugs consumption among youths was worrisome.
Nweke said that substance abuse possessed great danger that threatened stability, unity and development of any nation.
She said that drug abuse did not only destroy major organs of the body including brain, heart, liver and kidney, it also affected the well-being of people addicted to it, thereby affecting their contributions to national development and security.
“It is increasingly recognised that there is a strong relationship between abuse and national security.
” “One major element of national security is human security ( Protection of Iives and Property); drug dependency brings about damage of the Central nervous system and other organs of the body.
“The dependent individual will not be able to function optimally and as such, lack the ability to contribute to the development of the nation,” she said.
Nweke urged government to ensure that territory institutions did not go on strike for students to graduate on time, as well create job for the teeming youths.
She also advised faith based organisations to join the NDLEA in the efforts to get the nation rid of drug and substance abuse.
“Prevention of drug abuse and trafficking is everybody’s business.
Together we can make it and together we can achieve a drug-free society.
” The Chaplain in charge of The Knights of Saint Mulumba, Abuja Council, Rev. Fr. Innocent Joji, described drug abuse as a menace that had destroyed many potential leaders.
He said that the menace must be jointly fought by every stakeholder, including faith-based organisation, government and family.
“Also parents must watch their wards and if they see any changes in their wards they should quickly send them to rehabilitation centres because the earlier the better,” he said.
Anti-drug abuse stakeholders on Thursday, called for the war against the menace and human trafficking to be fought from the home front.
The stakeholders, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the National Assembly and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) made the call at a summit in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, in collaboration with National Association of Nigeria Drug Monitoring (NANDRUM) and the Excellent Women International.
In different submissions made at a one-day National Summit, the various stakeholders said that habitual stage of the crime should be curbed at the home front.
According to the representative of UNODC, Mr William Wu, if there is zero tolerance for drug consumption and abuse by children in all homes, traffickers will not emerge in the society.
He said that the summit was a proactive step by the stakeholders in curbing the crime in Nigeria .
“This summit of fighters against drug abuse and trafficking is very apt and proactive.
“The homes should be used as start points of waging the war against the menace through responsible parenting for children by parents .
” The Act upon which the NDLEA is prosecuting the war against drug abuse and trafficking should be reviewed by making provision for more stringent measures and punishment for the crime .
” The UNODC will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria to curb the menace technically and technologically,” he said.
In his submission, the NDLEA Secretary, Shadrack Haruna, said the fight should not be left for the agency or government alone.
“Concerted efforts should be made right from the home front to fight the war.
NDLEA is trying its best to rid the Nigerian society of drug addicts and traffickers who, going by realities on ground, constitute the largest percentage of criminals in the society,” he said .
The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa represented by Sylvanus Yakubu, said 70 to 75 per cent of inmates were involved in drug related cases.
“When all are involved in the fight against the menace, there will be decongestion,” he said.
In her remarks, Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said technology and parents should be used to fight the war against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.
Waziri-Azi was represented by Helen Osariome.
The Ondo State House of Assembly has expressed readiness to partner the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to ensure eradication of drug abuse and trafficking, especially among youths in the State.
The Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, disclosed this on Wednesday when he hosted the Commander, NDLEA, Zone 1, Mr. Parah Bawa in his office.
Oleyelogun expressed worry over the high rate at which people got involved in drug abuse and trafficking, particularly the youth.
The speaker said that the state government had put in place various measures aimed at curbing the monster.
He commended Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu for his efforts toward eradicating crime in the state and expressed optimism that the 50 Hilux vehicles recently distributed to security operatives in the state would help tremendously to combat crime in the state.
He gave assurance of the State House of Assembly’s support for NDLEA when necessary and lauded the Zonal Commander for maintaining zero tolerance for drug abuse and trafficking in the state.
The Commander, Mr. Parah Bawa in his remarks, said that he was at the House with his team on advocacy visit, saying that the fight against drug abuse and trafficking was a collective responsibility of all at various levels.
Bawa highlighted the dangers inherent in the ugly trend and warned individuals who engaged in such act to desist or face the full wrath of the law.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says there is a direct link between drug abuse, crime and terrorism.
NDLEA’s State Commander, Plateau, Mustapha Yahuza, made the remark while receiving the staff of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Plateau office on advocacy visit in Jos. The advocacy visit was on the increase in the recruitment of child soldiers in the North-East and other parts of the country, he said.
Yahuza stated that researches had shown that most crimes were committed under the influence of illicit drugs, as they served as an enabler.
The commander said that the NDLEA’s fight against drug abuse was also a means of fighting crime and terrorism.
According to him, most drug users are more prone to being recruited as terrorists or being involved in other nefarious crimes.
He described the issue of illicit drug abuse as a problem in the country.
Yahuza said that from November 2021 till date, the agency had seized over 200,000 tonnes of illicit drugs, and made over 400 arrests in the state.
He assured the NOA of working in synergy to curb drug abuse, which usually translates to crime.
Earlier, the State’s Director of NOA, Mrs Keneng Pam-Hworo, said that the visit was meant to collaborate with the NDLEA to curtail the recruitment of child soldiers particularly in the North-East of Nigeria.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, says it arrested 104 suspected drug traffickers and dismantled seven notorious drug joints in the state.
The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Umar Adoro told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kaduna that the operation was conducted in July.He added that three properties belonging to suspected drug dealers were sealed within the period.
Adoro said areas raided by operatives of the command were located in Maraban Jos, Jaji, Panteka, Tafa, Hunkuyi, Sardauna Crescent and areas behind Kaduna Polytechnic main campus.
The commander listed the drugs seized to include 1,312.73-4kg Indian hemp, 0.028kg Cocaine, 0.020kg of heroin, 12.524kg of Tramadol, 2, 709.036kg Psychotropic substance and 0.011kg Methamphetamine.
“The grand total weight of drugs seized was 4,035.075kg within the period under review,” he added.
Adoro explained that seven out of the 104 suspects arrested were females, while N873, 000 fake one thousand notes were also seized during the operation.
The NDLEA commander assured that the agency would continue to take measures to stem illicit drug consumption and trafficking in Kaduna state.
He however said that the war against illicit drug was a collective responsibility and urged the general public to provide useful information to the NDLEA to track and apprehend drug dealers and consumers in the state.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday says it has arrested four suspects and seized 456.8 kg of illicit drugs in Kogi within a space of four days.
Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdullahi-Fakai, NDLEA’s Commander in Kogi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja.
“The 456.8 kg illicit drugs including Exol-5, Codeine and Cannabis Sativa were seized between July 30 and Aug. 3, within the jurisdiction of Kogi. “Out of the 456.8 kg drugs seized, 229.8 kg is Cannabis Sativa, 190 kg is Codeine and 20.6 kg is Exol-5, all of which were intercepted by crack intelligence officers and forwarded to our head office in Abuja.
“The four suspects arrested will soon be charged to court for prosecution in accordance with the laws of the land,” he said.
He expressed satisfaction with the synergy existing between the agency and other security agencies, especially the police.
The commander said that the police had handed over 229.8 kg of cannabis sativa and a suspect to the agency.
He acknowledged the support the agency was receiving from Gov Yahaya Bello’s administration and other security agencies.
”We are determined to do more in the fight against illicit drugs in Kogi,” Abdullahi-Fakai vowed.
He warned criminal elements such as drug traffickers to steer clear of Kogi or ”find it hot from the agency.
“As an agency, we shall maintain our posture of ridding Kogi of the menace of illicit drugs for decent living by its residents.
” Abdullahi-Fakai, however, appealed to the general public to always assist the agency with useful information on suspected drug traffickers and drug barons for prompt action.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, in Mailalle, Sabon Birni, in Sokoto for supplying bandits illicit drugs.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, who was arrested on Aug. 3, was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa, at the time of his arrest.
He also said that a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area (LGA), Edo State, and resident in Italy; Solo Osamede, had been arrested for drug trafficking.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
He said that the suspect was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion, while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy, via Istanbul, Turkey on July 30. “The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Aug. 1,” he said.
In the same vein, a female passenger, Jatau Lami, was arrested at the Lagos Airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg.
Babafemi said that the consignment was concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey, via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31. He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hailed from Zango Kataf Local Government Area (LGA), Kaduna State, and lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her family.
“She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June,” he said.
Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives have also thwarted an attempts by some freight agents at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport, to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE, on Aug. 4. He said that a follow-up operation led to an arrest of two persons, Oladipupo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus, while two others were still at large.
“In Zamfara, NDLEA operatives on Aug. 4 intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state, enroute Sokoto, with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.
“In Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Aug. 3. “The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra and heading to Abuja.
Follow-up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius,” he said.
Babafemi said that four suspects, Sulaiman Rabi’u; Sanusi Sha’aibu; Ma’aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were also arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi, Kaduna.
He said that they were arrested with 106, 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, Diazepam, Exol-5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup.
“In Enugu, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked-up stores in new market area of the state capital on Aug. 6. “In Delta, a suspect, Ike Okparachi, 42, was arrested at Abraka Junction, Asaba, with 10,550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg; Swinol; Rohypnol; and 3,105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly,” he said.
Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta, Enugu, and Kaduna Commands for their feats.
He said Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a trans-border drug dealer, Pastor Anietie Effiong with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the consignment was weighing 90 kilograms and loaded into a commercial bus with registration number RSH 691XC at Ojuelegba in Lagos.
He said that the consignment was intercepted during a stop and search operation along Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene highway on Saturday August 6.He added that the dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was meant for Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong, who was arrested in a follow up operation at Oron beach in Oron.He also added that the recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.
“This comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and Philippines.
“This also comes with a 3kg cannabis sativa heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates at some courier companies in Lagos.
“The consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron and beads, ” he said.
The NDLEA spokesman quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the command in Akwa Ibom for their recent feats.