June 11, 2024

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Anti-narcotics agency raids FCT, 7 states, destroys 40 tons of marijuana plants in Ekiti

NATIONAL Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has destroyed 40 tons of cannabis plants in Ekiti, and intercepted over 4,000kgs of illicit drugs in raids in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Lagos, Kogi, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Edo states.
Agency director of media and advocacy Femi Babafemi says in a statement at NDLEA’s Abuja headquarters, Sunday Sept. 24, 2023 that over four tons of illicit and controlled drugs is involved, in various operations lasting about 10 days.
He lists the consignments to include nitrous oxide (popularly known as “laughing gas”), skunk, codeine syrup, methamphetamine and tramadol, all intercepted by NDLEA operatives during raids in the listed states.
NDLEA says no fewer than 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2kgs and loaded in two Toyota Sienna buses, were on Friday Sept. 22 intercepted along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway. Two suspects, Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe are now in custody in that regard.
Meanwhile, a 48-year-old woman, Mrs. Ugo Eluba is also said to have been arrested in Abuja in a follow-up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi State were allegedly traced to her.
Also in the FCT, operatives intercepted 977kgs of skunk in a trailer marked LSR 343 XW and bearing cartons of “Maggi” which Babafemi says was loaded at Ipele junction in Ondo state.
Massive seizures, arrests
While 959kgs of the substance were meant for distribution in Sokoto State, the rest was to be dropped off at Gwagwalada in the FCT. Two suspects, Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar are in custody.
Another two suspects in custody, Mutari Abdulazeez, 31, and Ayuba Madaki, 28, arrested in Zuba area of the FCT are said to have been found with various quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine, and 13,930 pills of tramadol.
In a similar vein, Shuaibu Yusif, 27, and Abubakar Hussaini, 20, were allegedly nabbed with 89.1kgs of skunk along Kano-Hadejia road in Jigawa State by an NDLEA stop-and-search patrol.
In other operations, 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection were allegedly recovered from a suspect, Usman Musa Sidi, 35, along Abuja-Forest road in Kaduna State while on his way to Bauchi State.
According to Mr. Babafemi, a follow-up operation in Bauchi led to the arrest of the alleged owner of the consignment, Dominic Chukwuma, 35, with at least 2.58kgs of Diazepam and 36.55kgs of pentazocine injection recovered from his home.
Two other suspects, Inuwa Nuhu and Isiyaku Dahiru Sani were similarly arrested in connection with the seizure of 49 blocks of cannabis sativa concealed in a black sack weighing, 26kgs in a commuter vehicle traveling from Ogere in Ogun State to Kano.
WADA sensitization
Some 183kgs of “Ghana Loud,” a strain of cannabis, were recovered from body compartments of a J5 bus intercepted in Lagos; operatives in Sokoto arrested one Charles Okeke, 44, with 473 bottles of codeine syrup at Unguwar Kosai area; and in Edo State, 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258kgs were recovered from a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 886 EZ at Igarra in Akoko-Edo LGA.
The NDLEA statement further says a three-day operation saw operatives storming thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti in Ikole LGA, Ekiti State, where they destroyed 40 tons (40,000kgs) of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.
Meanwhile, across the country, NDLEA commands have pepped-up their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) sensitization lectures and advocacy visits to worship centres, schools, workplaces, palaces of traditional rulers and community centres.
There have been a WADA lecture at Madarasatu Tarbiyyatil Aulad Islamiyyah Izala Mosque, Sabon Gari Wudil, Kano; WADA townhall meeting with principals of secondary schools in Kaduna-north and -south LGAs; WADA advocacy visit to the palace of Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu, traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike, Enugu State and WADA sensitisation lecture for students of Oyo State College of Science and Health Technology, Ibadan, among others.
NDLEA chairman/CEO Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) has applauded his officers and men in the field across the country, especially for intensifying the WADA advocacy initiative, Mr. Babafemi says.