NDLEA operatives seize codeine shipment from India

The container of consignment of 175,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup imported from India


Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have again seized another consignment of 175,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup imported from India.

This is coming barely a week after the agency seized a shipment of 175,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup at the Port Harcourt Ports complex in Onne, Rivers State.

NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi on Sunday, said: “The two seizures followed earlier intelligence, which made the agency request that the shipment be stepped down for 100 percent examination.

Hassan Mummuni, one of the suspects

“The latest seizure of 875 cartons of codeine containing 175,000 bottles and weighing 26,250kg, was made on June 7, 2024, during a joint examination by NDLEA, Customs Service and other security agencies.

“The container marked HASU 4787890 from India was enroute C to C bonded terminal in Enugu.

“In the same vein, NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, on June 5, intercepted five different parcels containing illicit drugs concealed in ladies’ clothes and synthetic hair going to the United States and United Kingdom.

Onyekachi Iwula, one of the suspects

“Some of the seized drugs include 620 ampoules of pentazocine injection, promethazine and other opioids. The drug consignments were seized at a courier firm in Lagos.

“In Kebbi state, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Kalgo-Birnin Kebbi road on June 8, arrested a 32-year-old Nigerien, Hassan Mummuni with 4,000 pills of diazepam and 1.250kg cannabis, concealed in four pesticide tanks, while operatives in Gombe state same day arrested Ibrahim Abubakar (aka Alhajiji) at Herwagana, with 6,740 pills of tramadol and 20,000 tablets of diazepam.

Salisu Sanda, James Andrew and other suspects

“No fewer than 1,098 bottles of codeine-based syrup were recovered from a suspect, Onyekachi Iwula, 42, following his arrest in a commercial bus at Aloma junction, Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA, Benue state.

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“In Bauchi state, NDLEA officers on patrol along Ningi-Kano road on June 5, arrested a 20-year-old lady, Hasana Usman, with 25 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 28.2kg, while their counterparts in Yobe state nabbed Ali Mohammed, 42, along Kano-Potiskum road, with 19,000 pills of tramadol 225mg concealed in a black sack and the suspect’s travelling bag.

Oladimeji Samson, one of the suspects

“In Oyo state, 57-year-old Oladimeji Samson was arrested in a commercial bus at the Ibadan end, of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway with 79 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing of 44.4kg and 48 grams of ecstasy, all concealed in the engine compartment under the driver’s seat of the bus.

“Also, no fewer than 17,980 pills of tramadol and other opioids were seized from a suspect, Ali Mohammed, 36, following his arrest at Ganaja village, Lokoja LGA, Kogi state, while the duo of Blessing Samuel, 35, and Unnanchi Mike, 34, were arrested with 804 bottles of codeine syrup at Narayi, Kaduna state.

“Also in Kaduna, Tijjani Umar, 37, and Yahaya Suleman, 35, were arrested with 33.9 kilograms of cannabis sativa at Lafiya area, Kudan local government area of the state.

“Nine suspects, including Salisu Sanda, 48, and James Andrew, 25, were arrested by NDLEA operatives during a raid at Toaabora hills area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on June 8, with a total of 83.01kg cannabis recovered from them,” the statement added.

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