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Woman arrested for smuggling skunk hidden in wraps of akpu into NDLEA cell for suspect in custody



Woman arrested for smuggling skunk hidden in wraps of akpu into NDLEA cell for suspect in custody

A breastfeeding mother, Mariam Drissu, was arrested at the Edo State Command Headquarters of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on October 21 as she tried to smuggle drugs in in the cell of a suspect in custody.

During a search of the food brought by the 35-year-old woman for her relative in custody, duty officers discovered two cups of cannabis “Loud” weighing 13 grams buried inside the food (akpu) intended for to the suspect in custody.

NDLEA agents also intercepted more than 2,060 kilograms of assorted drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis, tramadol and rohypnol, during operations at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos as well as Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and some courier companies. .

Two consignments of heroin weighing 4.40 kg and 550 grams were intercepted on 6 and 15 October respectively at the MMIA cargo shed, Ikeja.

The first was seized in the SAHCO airport import hangar when it was discovered inside bags of granulated sugar and flour from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa bound for Lagos on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

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

During a follow-up operation on October 9, a certain Adeoya Segun Joy who was to collect Kabiru Aminu’s luggage was arrested at the Ajao estate while Enahoro Emmanuel Annointing, who was also in charge of collecting the shipment, was arrested. was arrested in the Abuleegba district of Lagos. Both were acting on the instructions of their partners in South Africa.

The second shipment discovered in SAHCO’s export hangar and concealed in walls of 10 cardboard boxes laced with sewing materials, was heading to Malaysia via Addis Ababa on the Ethiopian freight airline, while a freight forwarder, Ekpe Samson Victor was arrested in connection with the illegal export.

Attempts by another freight forwarder, Igwe Okoye Onwukwe, to export two consignments of cannabis to the UK were foiled by NDLEA agents. The first attempt was made on October 15, when Igwe Okoye Onwukwe presented a 16.55 kg box of cannabis for export to the UK at the NAHCO export hangar where he was quickly arrested.

Oddly enough, another shipment of 15.85 kg of cannabis also heading to the UK and intercepted on October 20, was attributed to Mr Onwukwe as the owner even though he was still under arrest. investigation in detention.

In Ondo state, two people; Uchenna Obodo Ali, 22, and Tochukwu Eno, 20, were arrested with 302 kg of cannabis during a raid on a warehouse in Emure Forest, Owo LGA, on Friday October 22.

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

Likewise in Kaduna, another suspected bogus soldier, Abiodun Ademoya, from southern Akure in Ondo State was arrested in Zaria with 11.6 kg of cannabis.

Also in Plateau, agents intercepted a public transport bus bound for Yola, registration FKY 341 ZA, belonging to Gombe Express coming from Lagos, along the Jos-Abuja road, in the LGA of Riyom. One of the passengers, Ahmad Musa Musa, 32, was found in possession of 22 compressed cannabis sativa pellets weighing a total of 15 kg concealed in a black bag.

In another development, officers from the Edo State Command also raided a 3,210,691 hectare cannabis farm in the Ayegunle Forest, Akoko Edo region of the state on Thursday, destroyed planting and evacuated 100 bags of harvested cannabis weighing 1,639 kg, while a suspect, Samuel Ochonogor was arrested in the forest with 66.7 kg of cannabis.

In some courier companies in Lagos, more than 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in boxes of palm fruits, artwork, cashew bottles, auto parts and photo frames destined for the Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Qatar were intercepted by agents from the Agency’s Operations and General Investigations Directorate, DOGI.

Congratulating the officers and men of the MMIA, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna and Plateau commands as well as DOGI for their resilience and tenacity, NDLEA President / CEO Buba Marwa urged them, as well as others across the country, to continue to keep their eyes on the target until all of the country’s drug cartels are completely dismantled.

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