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NDLEA nabs 39 drug suspects in Abuja raids

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

• Destroys 5.3 hectares cannabis farm in Edo

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested no fewer than 39 drug suspects in different raids in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A statement on Sunday by the Agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said the raids took place between 4th June to 11 June in different locations.

“In the past week, no fewer than 39 suspects were arrested across drug joints raided in parts of the Federal Capital Territory and different quantities of assorted illicit drugs recovered from them.

“Areas raided between Saturday 4th June and Saturday 11th June include Apo Mechanic (Cashew forest), Apo NEPA, Tora Bora, Gishiri junction, Jabi park, Jabi forest, Jabi Gidan Bola, Deidei area, Rugga area, City Gate, Sabon Lugbe, Basa village and Airport road,” Babafemi said.

According to him, the raid, which continues across Abuja, is a joint operation between the FCT Command of the Agency and the Chairman Monitoring Special Task Force to rid the capital territory of the activities of drug dealers and peddlers.

Bus full of Cannabis
Bus full of Cannabis

More so, 5.301713 hectares of cannabis farm have been destroyed by operatives of NDLEA in Edo state.

Babafemi said the farm, which was destroyed at Oke forest, Ovia North East LGA, is “part of efforts to disrupt all cannabis planting activities for the season in the state.”

He added, “anti-narcotic officers in Edo have intercepted 10,280 tablets of Tramadol, 2000 tablets of Diazepam, 300 tablets of Swinol, 5000 tablets of Axol and 10 bottles of Codeine based syrup in Irrua area of the state.”

Meanwhile, a Nigeria-based Congolese, Kandigu Kadi and a Nigerian, Makowulu Ebuka Anthony have been arrested by operatives of NDLEA at the NAHCO and SAHCO export sheds of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos for attempting to export controlled and illicit drugs to the United States of America and Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

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“While Kandigu was arrested on Tuesday 31st May at the NAHCO export shed for attempting to export 2.100kilograms of pentazocine injection, Makowulu was nabbed on Friday 3rd June in connection with attempt to export parcels of cannabis sativa concealed in cereals packs to Dubai through the SAHCO cargo shed.

“Investigations reveal that the pentazocine consignment was being sent to Kinshasa, Congo, while a similar package containing 200 bottles of pentazocine injection intercepted a week earlier at the airport was heading to the US.

“In his case, Makowulu was caught with eight parcels of cannabis weighing 2.90kg concealed in Nutribom Cereals cartons among other natural packs of the cereal, as part of a consolidated cargo meant for different people in Dubai,” Babafemi stated.

Also in Yobe State, a 22 blocks of cannabis sativa was recovered from a notorious drug dealer, Usman Alhaji a.k.a NEPA, who was arrested on Friday, 9th June after NDLEA operatives raided Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum town.

According to the spokesperson, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) commended the officers and men of MMIA, Edo, Yobe and FCT Commands as well as the C-MSTF for their resilience.

“He charged them and others across all commands to remain vigilant and committed to the collective goal of saving Nigeria from the drug scourge,” Babafemi said.

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