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Woman nabbed over drugs in fetish bowls at Lagos airport

By Paul Michael

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 27-year-old Mrs. Opoola Mujidat for allegedly planting cannabis concealed in fetish bowls, containing scary native black soap and sponge on two Oman-bound male passengers at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, MMIA, Lagos.

NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement gave the names of the passengers as Raji Babatunde Kazeem and Akinbobola Omoniyi, saying both were travelling together to Oman on Monday 11th July when they were intercepted by NDLEA operatives at the airport.

“A search of their luggage revealed wraps of cannabis sativa hidden in bowls of native black soap and sponge packed into a bag containing food items, which Kazeem was carrying. The Trumpet Gathered

“Both Kazeem and Omoniyi immediately alerted the anti-narcotic officers that Mujidat who was still within the vicinity gave the bag containing the illicit substance to them at the airport. She was promptly arrested. The lady accepted responsibility and stated that she brought the luggage for the two passengers to give to her husband in Oman,” Babafemi said.

Mujidat, who hails from Oyo East LGA in Oyo State, was said to have confessed during preliminary interview that the bag containing the food items were packed by her with different items, including the black soap used to conceal the illicit substance.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives have intercepted over 91 jumbo bags of cannabis, weighing 1,029.5kg concealed in a truck mounted natural gas tank by Doma road, around 500 Housing Estate, Lafia, in Nasarawa State.

Babafemi said, a 52-year-old suspect, Ernest Ojieh, was arrested in connection with the seizure on Saturday 9th July.

“This was barely four days after operatives at Agwan Doka, Lafia, seized 38 big bags of the same substance with a total weight of 367kg. Two suspects: Abdullahi Iliyasu, 30, and Bashir Mohammed, 29 were arrested over the seizure,” he added.

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In Kaduna and Adamawa, over half a million pills of pharmaceutical opioids were reportedly seized and suspects arrested in raid operations across the two states.

“In Kaduna alone, 294,400 pills of Tramadol and Diazepam were seized from: Shaban Nasir, Aminu Usman and Shamsudeen Hussaini, along Abuja-Kaduna express road as well as Sa’idu Yahaya and Umar Abubakar, during a follow up operation in Kano, all on Friday 15th July,” the Spokesperson said.

In a similar manner, over 227,000 different grades of Tramadol tablets were seized during the raid of a patent medicine store at Sabon Layi, close to Mubi main market, Mubi North LGA, Adamawa State on Sunday 3rd July.

According to Babafemi, a suspect, Nasiru Abubakar, 27, was arrested and items such as Tramadol 250mg (aka Boko Haram); Royal Tramadol 225mg (aka Vectra); Tramaking Tramadol 225mg (aka Jan Dara); Tramadol 200mg (aka Dogari); and Tramadol 100mg(aka Green), among others were recovered from the store.

“Another suspect, Idris Adamu, 25, was also arrested in a shoe shop in the same Sabon Layi where over 5,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were recovered from him,” he added.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), while commending the officers and men of the anti-narcotics Agency for the arrests, seizures and their dexterity, warned the drug cartels that no matter the ingenuity of their modes of concealment, the dedicated workforce of the Agency will always expose them and their tricks.

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