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NDLEA intercepts cocaine, heroin worth N4.9 billion at Lagos seaport, airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted fresh consignments of cocaine and heroin weighing 16.85 kilograms and valued at over N4.9 billion at the Apapa seaport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the NDLEA director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

The statement read: “Four persons are currently being investigated for the 13.65kg Cocaine seized onboard a ship, MV Karteria, that came into the Apapa port from Santos, Brazil on November 7, 2021, barely three weeks after 32.9kg of Cocaine was intercepted at the port on another vessel, MV Chayanee Naree, also from Santos, Brazil.

“In well-coordinated follow up operations, no fewer than five persons have been arrested in different parts of Lagos and Delta States in connection to the seizure of 3.200kg Heroin found on a passenger, Christian Osondu, at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA on November 5 during the inward clearance of Air Peace flight passengers from South Africa.

“A swift follow up operation the same day led to the arrest of one Onyeka Victor Use at Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos.

“He confessed that his elder brother, Ikenna Ude, who is based in South Africa, had instructed him to collect the bag containing the drug and hand over to another person who was supposed to come from Delta State.

“A second follow up operation led to the arrest of Abanjo Innocent, who came to Lagos from Delta State to pick the bag containing the drug around Cele Bus Stop, Okota on November 6.

“Innocent also confessed that he was contracted by one Oseki Chinedu, who is based in South Africa to travel to Lagos to collect the bag and bring it to Agbor Junction, Delta State.

“The third follow up operation led to the arrest of Ihator Theophilus Isioma at Agbor Junction, Delta State on November 7.

“In Bayelsa State, NDLEA operatives on November 13 arrested one Obeluo Emeka from Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State with 600 grams of Heroin.

“The suspect, who is a motor spare parts dealer based in Douala, Cameroon, had arrived Yenagoa by waterway to waybill the substance to an undisclosed address in Lagos.

“Not less than four suspects were arrested and different quantities of cocaine, cannabis, tramadol and methamphetamine seized from them during weekend raids at Rumuokoro, Elelenwo and Omagwa/Elele communities in Rivers State.

“Those arrested include Elizabeth Iniama, Sir King Emmanuel, Godgift King and Amadi Bright.

“A total of 18.51kg of assorted illicit drugs were recovered on November 13 when operatives raided a neighbourhood of Bayan Gari and Sir Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi town, Bauchi State, where two suspects: Gabriel Iwagbunan and Cecilia Ezena, were arrested.

“While 23-year-old Hadiza Ibrahim was arrested on November 12 along Okene-Lokoja highway with 54kg of cannabis, one Sunday Nnam, aka Idowu, was nabbed same day in Emene area of Enugu with 45kg of the same substance.

“In the same vein, one Umar Muhammad was arrested with 25,700 capsules of Tramadol weighing 15.1kg in Tudun Hatsi area of Gombe.

“In Ogun State, following credible intelligence, two suspects: David Oduku and Ifeanyi Raphael, were intercepted along Ore-Shagamu Expressway with 364.98kg of cannabis being conveyed in a blue Toyota sienna bus, while two suspects: Buhari Jamiu and Ajibola Jimoh, were arrested in the early hours of November 14 with 189kg of cannabis at Olorunlagba, Bode Saadu area of Kwara State.

“While commending the officers and men of Apapa Port Command and MMIA as well as their counterparts in Bayelsa, Rivers, Bauchi, Kogi, Enugu, Gombe, Ogun and Kwara States for sustaining the maxim of offensive action against drug cartels in the country, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), charged them and their colleagues in other Commands to remain vigilant at all times.”

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