It seems to be no end in sight for drug business in Nigeria despite the efforts of the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in curbing the menace ravaging the country.
In a week long coordinated operation, NDLEA raided seven different states across the nation and seized a total of 8,268.2 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs.
States raided include: Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Enugu, Bauchi, Edo and Anambra, where various brands of drugs which include: cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine, skunk among other substances were seized from the dealers.
NDLEA Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday August 8th that, not less than 15 drug dealers including a woman on wheelchair, were arrested during the ‘offensive’ operations, which began on Sunday August 1st and lasted till Saturday August 7th, 2021.
He said the busts, aimed at mopping up illicit substances in the nation, in particular, in states earlier mentioned, was based on intelligence information gathered; hence, the offensive action launched against the drug cartels across the country as ordered by the NDLEA boss, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd).
Babafemi disclosed to newsmen that the bulk of the seized drugs were recovered from Ondo and Edo states. He confirmed the arrest of a 27 years old Omokayode Adedayo on Friday August 6th along Oda road, Akure South Local Government Area with various shades of illicit substances ranging from cannabis sativa, cocaine, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and designer drug.
The spokesman also stated that, on Thursday August 5th, men of the Nigerian Army intercepted 1,025 kilogrammes of cannabis in a Toyota Sequoia with a number plate of: FST 169 BW and another Toyota Sienna with APP 918 FA as the registration number, at a checkpoint in Isua Akoko.
Two fake police officers namely, Stephen Sunday and Eze Ezenwa with fake police registration number NPF 1651D were also confirmed arrested with 575kg of cannabis conveyed in a Sienna bus along with a cash sum of N148,300.
Femi Babafemi again narrated how a raid carried out by NDLEA operatives in Ondo state, Egbeta community precisely, a border town between Ondo and Edo states, recovered 6,332 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa and two suspects, Emeka Ossai and Raphael Henry arrested.
In Akwa Ibom state, NDLEA operatives bust in the state, led to the arrest of a 26-year-old Nwoye Solomon, and the recovery of 64.9 kilogrammes of different illicit drugs including 1.2 kilogrammes of crack cocaine. This was said to be the largest cocaine seizure in the history of the state; while in Adamawa state, a drug dealer named Ikechukwu Onuh was arrested at Jimeta, Yola on Thursday August 5th, with 14.4 kilogrammes of tramadol packaged as diclofenac to evade detection.
Again, in Enugu, a total of 19.1 kilogrammes of cocaine and skunk were recovered from three suspects including a 35-year-old cripple, Iyiogwe Chinenye and a 25-year-old Aja David. Babafemi added that, different quantities of cocaine and heroin were also seized from an 18-year-old drug dealer, Jude Chinedu during a raid at Inland town area of Onitsha, Anambra state.
NDLEA spokesman also confirmed the seizure of 59.3 kilogrammes of a psychotropic substance, pentazocine, intercepted in a bus coming from Jos, Plateau state to Bauchi, and the drug carrier arrested. Over 148.8 kilogrammes of some other drugs were reported by Babafemi to have been intercepted on their way to Igbinendon University, Okada and Edo State Polytechnic, Usen. Two dealers – Sunday Oguche, 21, and Endurance Ehigie, 23 were again arrested on Wednesday August 4th for the illicit drug business.
Furthermore, Femi Babafemi statement also revealed that, different quantities of tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk enroute UK, Australia, New Zealand and UAE were intercepted by narcotic officers in two courier firms in Lagos.
NDLEA chairman, Retd. Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa while reacting to the operation exercises and the outcome, commended the gallant NDLEA officers for their swift action and diligence in their jobs. He charged them not to rest on their oars in making sure that drug cartels and their unlawful business are retrieved from the streets across the nation.