Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 29-year-old South African, Erasmus Jean–Pierre, while attempting to export 2.6 kilograms of methamphetamine to the Middle East.
He was arrested on Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 404 with the drugs carefully concealed in his luggage.
“A thorough search of his luggage led to the discovery of the whitish powdery illicit substance factory packed in different parts of the bag.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect arrived in Lagos through Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday 19th August, came to Abuja on Tuesday 22nd August, and took possession of the brown bag containing the drug consignment on Wednesday 23rd August before heading to the Abuja airport for his flight out of Nigeria,” NDLEA Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said.
In the same vein, efforts by transnational drug cartels to move a consignment of 117 grams of ketamine neatly concealed in a pair of leather male slippers being shipped to Indonesia and 2.14 kilograms of skunk clinically hidden in the walls of a local wooden drum, were equally frustrated by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier firms in Lagos.
NDLEA officers in Gombe State on patrol along Darazo road, recovered an abandoned Volkswagen Sharon vehicle marked GME 76 XD containing a total of 373,420 pills of opioids including tramadol and diazepam on Monday.
Operatives in Ogun State raided the home of a drug dealer, Ifeanyi Orji, in Ibafo area of the State on Wednesday 23rd August where 81,000 tablets of tramadol 225mg weighing 32.4kgs were recovered.
In Adamawa State, NDLEA operatives on Tuesday 22nd August recovered 60,000 pills of tramadol from a suspect, Ibrahim Abba, 25, who was traveling in a commercial Toyota Starlet car from Kalaa village to Mubi.
Also, operatives intercepted two consignments of skunk with a gross weight of 1, 242.1 kilograms in Abuja.
The first consignment of 665.1kgs was seized from a truck around Area 3 on Sunday 20th August while the second one weighing 577kgs was recovered during a stop and search operation along Lokoja- Abaji expressway on the same day.
The consignment was concealed in Jumia goods delivery packs inside a container Mercedes truck. The driver, Yusuf Yakubu Asokomhe, and his assistant, Tunde Ogundare, were arrested.
In Kwara State, operatives on patrol along Jebba – Minna road, on Tuesday intercepted a commercial truck conveying goods from Lagos to Katsina with 37.5kgs of cannabis sativa hidden among other items.
The driver, Abdulazeez Usman, and his assistant, Halidu Musa were arrested for further investigation.
Similarly, In Yobe State, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 23rd August intercepted an ash-colored Sharon Galaxy vehicle marked AKK 484 XA along Potiskum-Gombe road coming from Baissa, Kurmi local government area of Taraba state. Three suspects in the vehicle: Ya’u Yahuza, 30; Yahaya Muhd, 29, and Tanimu Salisu, 20, were arrested with 133 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 62kgs.
Operatives in Edo on Thursday 24th August stormed the Uzebba forest in Owan West local government area of the state, where they arrested Esazobor Ohioze, 33, with 54.3kgs cannabis recovered from a hut while a total of 2.995696 hectares of cannabis farms were destroyed.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), while commending the efforts of the officers and men of the NAIA, Gombe, Ogun, Adamawa, FCT, Kwara, Yobe, Edo Commands as well as those of DOGI for a job well done in the past week, charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify their drug supply reduction operations and equally balance that with drug demand reduction activities.