Defence & Security

Nigeria-Cameroon Trans-border Drug Traffickers in NDLEA’s Net

By Paul Michael

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three trans-border drug barons while attempting to smuggle 48,000 tablets of 225mg Tramadol through Mubi, Adamawa State to neighbouring Cameroon.

Over 1,500 kilograms of imported Loud and other illicit substances have also been intercepted in raids across Lagos and Edo states.

The spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, said those arrested at Tsamiya Junction, Madanya Road, Mubi, in Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State are Mohammed Hussaini, 32; Adamu Bella, 18, and Mohammed Umar, 18.

He said the suspects claimed the drugs were being taken to Bagira town along Nigeria-Cameroon border to be delivered to some Cameroonians for onward delivery to Maroa in Cameroon.

Babafemi added that similar interdiction operation was carried out at Alaba Rago area of Lagos, where operatives of the state command of the agency intercepted 1,200 parcels of imported Loud, a strong variant of cannabis suspected to have been smuggled into the state from a neighbouring country with a total weight of 1,229 kilograms.

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The NDLEA’s spokesman said that in another raid last at Suru Alaba, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State, operatives arrested one Ibrahim Musa, 25, with 18,530 tablets of Tramadol, Rohynol, Diazepam, Exol-5, and 138 bottles of Codeine.

Babafemi also revealed that at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the airport during their routine cargo search intercepted a consignment of 22 international passports of six different countries concealed in a bag of garri among other food items.

He disclosed that nine of the passports were three each of UK, France and Portugal, while the rest were: Nigeria -eight; Ghana -four, and Cameroon -one.

He said also at the airport, operatives equally recovered 12 parcels of cannabis weighing 4.95 kilograms concealed in a carton of Golden Morn packaged for export through the SAHCO export shed.

Babafemi explained further that in Plateau State, a team of NDLEA officers last Friday arrested two suspects; Emeka Ezenwa, 37, and Julius Akingbe, 45, for being in possession of 126.5 grams of methamphetamine concealed inside a DVD player coming from Lagos, while a raid in Kampani Zera- Wase local government area of the state on Friday led to the arrest of Fatima Sadiq, 20, who was caught with 21.3 kilograms cannabis.

He noted that a similar raid on Friday of a notorious drug joint, Bakin Kogi Ringim, Jigawa state led to the recovery of different quantities of Cannabis, Diazepam, Exol-5 and some new psychoactive substances with a total weight of 8.7 kilograms as well as weapons such as knives, cutlasses, Gora sticks, catapults and charms.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended officers and men of Lagos, MMIA, Adamawa, Plateau and Edo commands of the agency for their tenacity and vigilance.

He however charged them along with their colleagues across the country not to relent until the last gram of illicit drug is recovered from every part of Nigeria.

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