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Lagos Warns Commercial Drivers Against Raising Fares

By Adedapo Adesanya

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested the village head of Gidan Abba in the Bodinga local government area of Sokoto State, Mr Abubakar Ibrahim, for his alleged role in drug trafficking.

This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi.

The agency revealed that Mr Ibrahim was among 11 suspects arrested in interdiction operations in which 991,320 pills of pharmaceutical opioids and 1,251kgs of cannabis and khat, as well as 46.637 kilograms of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, were recovered by operatives across seven states.

The village head, 38, was arrested in Bodinga town the same day with 3kgs of cannabis Sativa and 4,000 tablets of exol-5.

Operatives seized 146,000 pills of Tramadol 225mg in a buy and bust operation in the Oshodi area of Lagos state on Tuesday, October 25.

It was disclosed that at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, NDLEA operatives attached to the SAHCO import shed on Wednesday, October 26, intercepted 15 cartons containing 802,000 pills of Tramadol imported from Dubai, UAE, and Karachi, Pakistan.

Also, 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg came in from Dubai on an Ethiopian Airlines flight, four cartons of 100mg and a carton of 225mg Tramadol came from Karachi, Pakistan, on another Ethiopian Airlines flight.

On the same day, operatives at the SAHCO export shed intercepted cans of tomato paste going to the United Kingdom. A thorough search of the consignment revealed that the tomato cans were used to conceal 36 pellets of cannabis with a gross weight of 21.30 kilograms, while a cargo agent, Mr Sodehinde Akinwale, has been arrested in connection with the seizure.

In the same vein, a 27-year-old Madu Chukwuemeka Miracle was arrested by operatives at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, on arrival from Nairobi, Kenya, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, October 26. A search of his three bags revealed 76 foreign bathing soaps made with cocaine in one of the bags, while another had two plastic bottles containing cream-like liquid, which tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine bars weighed 10.650 kilograms, while the liquid cocaine weighed 2.496 kilograms, bringing the total weight to 13.146 kilograms.

Two days after, on Friday, October 28, operatives attached to the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport seized five cartons of dried khat leaves weighing 107.70kgs that came in from Bangkok, Thailand, through Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.

A follow-up operation on the seizure of 11.90kgs Meth concealed in the heads of dried fish going to Dubai, UAE, on August 5 has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old bricklayer, Mr Babatunde Quadri Mamowora, on Thursday, October 27, in Sango Ota area of Ogun State in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in the area.

In Kogi state, NDLEA operatives on a stop and search operation along Okene-Abuja highway on Thursday, October 27, intercepted a Chisco branded bus coming from Lagos to Abuja with a consignment of 32.9kgs Meth packaged as tubers of yam; 376 grams of cocaine and 215 grams of heroin. While the bus driver, Chief Pascal Chigozie Nmaram, was promptly arrested, a follow-up operation in Abuja the same day led to the arrest of the recipient of the illicit cargo, Mr Ikenna Jude Akunne who confessed he was detailed to travel with the consignment to Spain the following day, Friday, October 28 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

Meanwhile, operatives of the state command of the Agency have destroyed five hectares of cannabis farms at Agbonkete, Iyaya Camp, Igalamela/Odolu LGA, where a suspect, Mr Augustine Agbenyo, 34, was arrested with three sacks of both fresh and dried leaves and stems of the illicit substance.

In the FCT, operatives on patrol along the Kwali-Abuja highway on Monday 24th Oct intercepted a truck with 915.8kilograms of cannabis and arrested three suspects: Kabiru Ibrahim, 40; Muhammad Muawiyya, 30, and Adamu Adamu, 24.

In Adamawa state, operatives arrested two trans-border traffickers, Abdullahi Mamuda (aka Mama) and Aliyu Abdullahi (aka Garga), at Skylight Hotel in Jambutu, Yola North. A search of their vehicle, an ash-coloured Toyota Corolla car with registration number JMT 146 TE (Adamawa), revealed 39, 320 tablets of Tramadol 225mg concealed in different compartments of the doors of the car.

Preliminary investigation shows the trans-border traffickers took off from Onitsha in Anambra State and travelled to Jimeta, Adamawa State, where they lodged in the hotel before heading to Belel, a town along the Nigerian – Cameroon border where they would repackage the drugs as ordinary consumables and ferry across the river to Garoa in Cameroon. Operatives in Ondo state on Friday, October 28, stormed a 2-bedroom building in Uso town, where they arrested one Okon Etim, 45, with 12 bags of cannabis Sativa weighing 207kgs.

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