Some of the drugs intercepted and some of the suspects arrested
NDLEA has confiscated 12,385 kilograms of “loud” Indian hemp that was smuggled into Lagos from a neighboring country via the waterways.
NDLEA’s director, media and advocacy group, Mr Femi Babafemi, who said so in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday, described the drug as a potent variant of Indian hemp.
Babafemi said 12,385 pellets of the “noisy” Indian hemp were brought across the Atlantic and taken in boats to Eko Atlantic Beach on Victoria Island.
The Indian hemp would have been distributed from the beach to drug hotspots like Lagos Island, Peti Alagba and others in Lagos and other states, he added.
He also stated that on Saturday, November 27th, more than 50 narcotics officers stormed the beach, secured the shipments along with two trucks and arrested three suspects.
Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45, and Lawrence Adie, 27.
In another development, a 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion, was among the suspects arrested in Irrua, Edo, in connection with the seizure of more than 5,000 kilograms of various illicit drugs.
“After days of surveillance, NDLEA agents stormed a warehouse in Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo on Wednesday November 24th, where they found 4,261.5 kg of Indian hemp and arrested a suspect, Ikong Stanley.
“On Tuesday, November 23rd, 1,240 kg of Indian hemp was also confiscated from a warehouse in Uzebba in the Owan West administrative region of Edo.
“At the time of her arrest last Wednesday, Aigbedion was caught with various amounts of codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol
“Another trader, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also caught on Friday in Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, with various types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055 kg,” Babafemi said.
Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, November 25th, in Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo, with various amounts of codeine, tramadol, swinol and rohypnol.
Babafemi said agents raided the Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with varying amounts of psychoactive substances.
He added that another drug dealer, Emeka Ben, was caught on Asaba-Ibusa Road in Delta with 4.7 grams of methamphetamine.
“Other suspects arrested in the state on Thursday November 25th for trafficking in meth, Indian hemp, cocaine and heroin were Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah and Justice Obika.
“In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of Indian hemp was seized from him, while 466 kilograms of the same drug were confiscated from the home of a Bashir Shuaibu, a native of Edo in Kano.
“On Thursday November 25th, a drug dealer was arrested in Maiduguri, Chima Obi, during a follow-up operation.
“The follow-up operation took place on the same day after his drug shipment of 73.2 kg of codeine was confiscated at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe,” said Babafemi.
Babafemi stated that the chairman of the NDLEA Brig. Gen. General Buba Marwa urged his officers and men to strive to perform better until the agency’s drug supply and demand goals are fully met. (NAN)