NDLEA Catches Grandpa Shipping Illicit Drugs, Intercepts Tabs Of Opoids

Over 2.3 million tablets of illicit pharmaceutical opioids and other psychoactive substances intended for distribution in the seven Northern states of Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe, and Nasarawa have been intercepted by NDLEA operatives in a series of interdiction operations over the last week.

A total of two million three hundred twenty five thousand five hundred fifty three (2, 325, 553.00) tablets and capsules of Tramadol, Pregabalin, Hypnox, Diazepam, and Exol-5, as well as 7, 353 bottles of a new psychoactive substance locally known as Akuskura intended for the seven states, were seized from locations in Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto, and the FCT.

Umar Sanusi, a drug dealer from Kaduna, was apprehended on Friday, August 12th, during a follow-up

operation in Kano and brought back to Kaduna where his consignment of 50 cartons of pregabalin 300mg, containing 750,000 capsules, weighing 375kgs earlier seized along Abuja-Kaduna expressway was counted and weighed in his presence.

In Kogi, no fewer than 696,000 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5 among others loaded into a truck at Onitsha, Anambra state and heading to Maiduguri, Borno state, were seized along Okene-Abuja expressway on Friday 19th Aug, while NDLEA operatives also recovered 300,000 tablets of Diazepam from a suspect, Faruku Bello, 30, in Sokoto State on Wednesday 17th Aug.

Anti-narcotic officers of the Agency in Abuja FCT equally at the weekend intercepted a bus loaded with 323, 200 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and others at Onitsha, Anambra state heading to Nasarawa state. Driver of the vehicle, Osita Nwobodo, 45, who made fruitless bids to compromise the operatives is now in custody.

A major importer of Loud variant of cannabis from the United States, Abibu Afis Sola and a 63-year-old grandfather who ships illicit substances to his daughter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE are among those arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos. 

Same day, operatives also intercepted along Abuja-Kaduna express road 7,068 bottles of a new dangerous substance of abuse called Akuskura meant for Kaduna, Zamfara, Gombe, Kano and Borno. The recipients in Kaduna and Zamfara have been arrested during follow up operations. The following day, Saturday 13th August, 285 bottles of the NPS were recovered from a dealer, Abubakar Ahmad, along the same highway.

Abibu was arrested in line with a 19.30kg Colorado consignment from Los Angeles, USA, which was intercepted on 30th June at the NAHCO cargo import shed of the Lagos airport. While Abibu was still being interviewed in custody, a 37.1kg consignment of Loud intercepted on 7th July was also traced to him.

Meanwhile, Miss Njoko Elizabeth, 37, a freight agent, has been arrested for attempting to export 250 grams of Tramadol and cannabis to Dubai via the NAHCO export shed. The drugs were hidden inside gallons of palm oil and honey, which were packed with food and hair accessories.

Also at the Lagos airport, 249,600 Tramadol 225mg tablets were recovered from an Indian shipment at the MMIA’s SAHCO import shed.

The consignment, which arrived from India via Addis Abeba on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on August 4th, was eventually evacuated as an abandoned seizure on Wednesday, August 17th.

Afolabi Abideen Kolawole, the 63-year-old grandfather behind an intercepted drug shipment bound for Dubai, was apprehended in Ibadan, Oyo state on Thursday 18th August after more than four arrests.

He admitted that he was in charge of concealing and packaging the cannabis inside the black native soap used as a concealment method. He also admitted that this was his second attempt to send illegal drugs to his daughter, Barakat, in Dubai.

Oziengbe Ehighalua Andrew, 55, an Italy-bound passenger, was arrested on Friday, August 19th, with 600grams of Tramadol 200mg while attempting to board a Royal Air Maroc flight to Italy via Casablanca. Similarly, seven cartons of khat leaf weighing a total of 295kg have been seized at the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport. The consignment came into Nigeria from Tanzania through Cairo on Egypt Air.

Operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, in NDLEA attached to courier firms have intercepted 11.36kg heroin and cannabis packaged for UAE, Netherlands and Omar. The drugs were concealed in dictionary, fancy light and body cream.

In Niger state, 139 bags and 176 compressed blocks of cannabis loaded in Ogere, Ogun state and heading to Zaria, Kaduna state were seized by NDLEA operatives along Abuja-Kaduna road, Suleja from a company vehicle while the driver, Sani Mohammed, 44, and his assistant, Abubakar Abubakar, 30, were arrested.

Raids carried out in Akala, Mushin area of Lagos also led to the arrest of Pelumi Goodness and Ola Funke while over 1,171.75kg cannabis and 29 litres of codeine syrup were recovered.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto, and FCT Commands as well as DOGI for the arrests and seizures. He urged them and their compatriots across the country to intensify their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.