The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi in a statement issued on Sunday, disclosed that at the Enugu airport, an Ethiopian Airline male passenger, Eze Christian Ikenna, 42, coming from Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was intercepted on arrival at the airport at about 12:30 pm on Friday 20th January
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) agents at Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) and Lagos’ Tincan seaport have foiled desperate attempts by drug cartels in Brazil and Canada to bring 126.95 kilogrammes of cocaine and skunk into Nigeria hidden in herbal tea packs and imported vehicles.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi in a statement issued on Sunday, disclosed that at the Enugu airport, an Ethiopian Airline male passenger, Eze Christian Ikenna, 42, coming from Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was intercepted on arrival at the airport at about 12:30 pm on Friday 20th January.
He said, “A search of his two bags revealed 19 big sachets which he claimed to contain herbal tea but were later found to be cocaine weighing 16.20 kilograms.
Also, “a joint examination carried out on a container marked TCLU 7799237 from Montreal, Canada at Sifax Okota Bonded Terminal by NDLEA operatives attached to Tincan Command of the Agency on Wednesday 18th January led to the discovery of 110.75kgs of cannabis Indica concealed in two of the four vehicles in the container: a 2011 Toyota Sienna and a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV”.
In the same vein, Babafemi said the Agency on Tuesday intercepted a consignment of Tramadol which they have been tracking for some months and was eventually traced to a warehouse at Greenfield Estate, Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos.
“When the store was opened, a total of One Million Six Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty (1,645,560) pills of Tramadol 100mg, 200mg, and 225mg were recovered,” Babafemi said.
Another 60,000 pills of Tramadol 250mg were equally recovered from a wanted drug dealer, Diugwu Alphonsus in the Bariga area of the state the same day while raids carried out in Akala area of Mushin on Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th January led to the recovery of 781.7kgs of cannabis,” he added.
In Osun state, Babafemi said that on Friday 20th January, they arrested a blind 67-year-old grandpa, Aliyu Adebiyi, in whose house they found 234 kilograms of cannabis at Sokoto village, Owena Ijesa, Atakumosa East LGA.
According to the statement, Adebiyi said a drug dealer kept the consignment with him for a fee of N6,000 per month and paid for three months upfront.
The rest of the statement read, “Similarly, a leper notorious for drug dealing, Haruna Abdullahi, 45, was arrested at Garko town, Kano on Thursday 19th January while 2.2kgs of cannabis and various quantities of Diazepam and Exol were recovered from him.
“No less than 370kgs of cannabis was recovered from a sawmill at Ilale, Owo in Ondo State when operatives stormed the industrial plant following credible intelligence.
“In Edo state, 261 kilograms of the illicit substance were seized from a suspect, Uche Monday at Uneme-Osu, Ososo Road in Akoko Edo area of the state with another 74kgs evacuated from a bush at Okpela fertiliser community in Etsako East LGA.
“In Abuja, NDLEA operatives on Monday 16th January raided the Lugbe area of the FCT based on credible intelligence that a dealer was operating in a local shed on the outskirt of the town. A search of the shed led to the recovery of 42.9kgs cannabis, 15grams cocaine, 137grams Methamphetamine, and cash of Two Million One Hundred and Forty-Eight Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N2,148,500) only, believed to be proceeds of the criminal trade.”
Photo-Chairman NDLEA Brigadier-General Buba Marwa