By Adedapo Adesanya
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized more than 22,160 kilograms of codeine syrup, methamphetamine and skunk at Apapa seaport and at a notorious drug den in Mushin, Lagos State in two separate operations, among other seizures in the country.
This was revealed in a statement issued on Sunday by Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja.
According to the statement, a total of 14,080 kg of codeine syrup (8,080 liters) and 4,352.43 kg of cold capsules used to conceal the former in a 40-foot container imported from India, were intercepted on Wednesday 2 February at the port of Apapa, while cannabis and other drugs imported from Ghana, including methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72 kg, were seized during an early morning raid in Akala, Mushin.
Around 17 suspects, including five women, were arrested in connection with Mushin’s raid.
The seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from overseas partners and cooperation from other port actors.
In Akala, NDLEA Strike Force agents in their numbers with military support stormed warehouses in the drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, ‘strong’, ‘skunk ‘, ‘skuchies’ and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.
Meanwhile, an alleged drug kingpin identified as Miss Jemilat Seriki, who was revealed as one of the owners of 12,385 ‘fort’ pellets imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday November 27, 2021, was arrested by narcotics officers after weeks of manhunt.
Miss Seriki admitted to being one of the owners of the seized shipments, adding that her bags of drugs were marked ‘Jah Bless’.
Meanwhile, in Niger State, a 64-year-old former divisional police officer from Idanre police station, Ondo State, who was dismissed from his post for drug-related offences, Mr. Monday George Chika, was again arrested with an accomplice, Mr. Emmanuel Eniola, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168 kg.
They were arrested on Sunday January 30 in Mokwa, Niger State, after their Toyota Avalon car marked EKY 429 BZ (Lagos) loaded with the substance was intercepted in Idanre, en route to Kanji, in the region of Borgu of the State.
At Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos, attempts by some traffickers to export different amounts of methamphetamine to Brazil and the UK were scuttled by narcotics officers.
The first tender was made on Friday January 28 via SAHCO’s export shed where officers intercepted 0.80kg of Meth concealed in plastic relaxant containers for transmission to the UK.
A suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy, who presented the consignment for search, was arrested for further investigation.
The second attempt was on Friday, February 4, during passenger exit clearance at gate ‘C’ of the airport’s departure hall when a prospective male passenger of an Ethiopian airline heading to Brazil , Mr. Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500 grams of methamphetamine concealed. inside three plastic relaxer containers.
Also at the airport, a male passenger, Mr. Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by officers with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank and Zenith Bank, during customs clearance of passengers on the flight. Sunday January 30.
In Edo State, NDLEA agents stormed Igbogiri Forest, Orhionwon LGA and destroyed four dry season cannabis farms measuring 3.067718 hectares following the evacuation of 20 bags of compressed cannabis blocks weighing 269.5 kg stored in a bush in Uzebba. , Owan West LGA, the day before and the arrest of Afadama James, 42, with 348 kg of cannabis in Owan, Ovia North East LGA on Wednesday February 2.
While Delta State officers arrested a 21-year-old Federal Polytechnic student, Auchi, Miss Kate Osagie for a 17.6-gram designer drug she ordered from Onitsha, Anambra State, Borno State colleagues on Thursday February 3 nabbed a 30-year-old Fatima Musa for attempting to smuggle pentazocine injections into the surrendered insurgents’ camp.
In Plateau State, officers intercepted a truck marked LSD857XB coming from Ekpoma, Edo State, with 885 blocks of Cannabis Sativa weighing 736 kg.
The 400,000 naira sun paid to bribe the arresting officers was also stored as part of exhibits, as were two suspects; Mr. Ebunoluwa Babalola, 40, and Mr. Sulyman Sheu, 30, were arrested in Ganmo, Ilorin, Kwara State with 90 kg of cannabis.
In a similar vein, 2kg of methamphetamine brought to Abuja by a 29-year-old woman, Miss Charity Omuche from Anambra State, was intercepted on Friday February 4 by officers from the Gwagwalada area of the FCT , while officers from Kaduna Command of the Agency also arrested a suspect, Mr. Buhari Isah Umar with 300 shisha pens and 999 servings of synthetic cannabinoids with a gross weight of 9,690 kg.
On his part, the Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Mr. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the officers and men of the Strike Force, Apapa Seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo , Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT and Delta Commands of the agency. for successful interdiction operations that have led to the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs across the country over the past week.