Defence & Security

NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others

By Paul Michael

  • Pastor with 3 drums of crystal methamphetamine held
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Sokoto have arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, who allegedly supply bandits illicit drugs.

NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, noting that Adamu was arrested on Wednesday 3rd August in Mailalle, Sabon Birni LGA.

“At the time of his arrest, the suspect was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa,” Babafemi stated.

He further stated that a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia LGA, Edo State, who resides in Italy, Solo Osamede, was also arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin.

“He was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy via Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday 30th July. The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Monday 1st Aug,” he added.

In the same vein, a female passenger Jatau Lydia Lami was arrested at the Lagos airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey via a Turkish Airline flight on Sunday 31st July.

Babafemi said that “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hails from Zango Kataf LGA, Kaduna State and lives in Istanbul, Turkey with her family. She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June.”

Meanwhile, a trans-border drug dealer, Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.

According to Babafemi, “The consignment weighing 90 kilograms and loaded into a commercial bus with registration number RSH 691XC at Ojuelegba in Lagos was intercepted during a stop and search operation along Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene highway on Saturday 6th August 2022.

“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. The recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.

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“This comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and Philippines 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.”

Also at the SAHCO export shed of Lagos airport, attempts by some freight agents to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE on Thursday 4th Aug were thwarted by NDLEA operatives.

Two suspects, Oladipupo Oladapo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus, were arrested in follow up operations while two others are still at large.

Same day in Zamfara, operatives intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state enroute Sokoto with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.

While in Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Wednesday 3rd Aug.

“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,” Babafemi said.

Meanwhile four suspects, Sulaiman Rabi’u, Sanusi Sha’aibu, Ma’aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi in Kaduna State 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 Saturday 6th August.

While 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.

While commending the operatives, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig-Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), charged them and others across the country to remain focus and vigilant.

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