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Again NDLEA intercepts hard drugs at Apapa Port

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Segun Oladipupo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted consignments of Cocaine and Heroin with a combined weight of 16.85 kilograms worth N4.9 billion

Four suspects are being investigated in connection with the seizures made onboard MV Karteria that came into Apapa port from Santos, Brazil on Sunday 7th November, 2021.

Femi Babalola, Director,Media and Advocacy of the Agency disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, 14th November, 2021.

Recall that Cocaine with 32.9 kilogram was intercepted from MV Chayanee Naree also from Santos, Brazil at the port three weeks ago

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

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

“Ude Onyeka 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 Saturday 6th November.

He 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 Sunday 7th November.

In Bayelsa state, NDLEA operatives on Saturday 13th November 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 Saturday 13th November when operatives raided a neighbourhood of Bayan Gari, and Sir Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi town, Bauchi state where two suspects; Mr. Gabriel Iwagbunan and Ms. Cecilia Ezena were arrested.

While 23-year-old Hadiza Ibrahim was arrested on Saturday 12th November along Okene-Lokoja highway with 54kg of cannabis, one Sunday Nnam a.k.a Idowu was nabbed same day in Emene area of Enugu with 45kg of 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 Sunday 14th November 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, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their colleagues in other Commands to remain vigilant at all times.

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