Two hijab wearing women with multiple identities, have been arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly smuggling 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 while travelling from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state.
The two women, Chioma Afam, 39 and Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, were confirmed in a statement on Wednesday, by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, to have used multiple names at different times in order to cover their illegal drug dealings.
Babafemi said, “Chioma who uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities was arrested on Saturday 17th July 2021 along with the 22 year old, Peace Chidinma Caleb who also wears a hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities were arrested during routine checks and profiling of vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
The vehicle which was coming from Onitsha, Anambra state was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
NDLEA spokesman continued, “a search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kg of diazepam and 33kg of exol-5, both weighing 76 kilogrammes with a total of 296,000 tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana- Must – Go’ bags.
The two drug dealers were also said to have refused to be photographed as evidence without their hijabs. In Babafemi’s words, “curiously the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijabs.’’
In a similar development, the Ondo state command of the NDLEA on Sunday July, 18, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in Ose local government area of the state. The illicit substance which was said to have been bought from one Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA, is being conveyed to the buyer, called Egbonwon at Ijagba village in Ose LGA.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Maj. Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd) has however, commended the commanders, officers and men of the Benue and Ondo state Commands of NDLEA for their efforts to ensure that no illicit substance is allowed to pass through their areas under any guise or cover, so as not to destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians in other parts of the country.
Buba Marwa also charged his men to remain vigilant while also wishing them a happy Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
Also, earlier this month, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, confirmed the arrest of an Anambra based drug kingpin and recover 548,000 tramadol tablets from him; and another 17 years old drug supplier, alongside other members of the syndicate, was nabbed in Rivers state.