NDLEA probes syndicate behind seized 1,044.29kg of cocaine, colos

…Arrests 3

Uzairu Iguda, one of the suspects

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has begun investigating members of an organised criminal network behind the recent importation of two containers laden with illicit drugs as well as assorted arms and ammunition from Durban, South Africa to the Tincan seaport in Lagos.

NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday, said:

“Among those already arrested as members of the syndicate are: a clearing and notify party of the two containers, Falowo Kayode, a dock worker, Anjorin Idowu and Uzairu Iguda, who is in charge of the Five Star terminal at the port.

Falowo Kayode, one of the suspects

“Another dock worker at the terminal, Mohammed Sule (alias organiser) who is equally linked to the syndicate is currently at large.

“Based on credible intelligence, the Agency had requested for a 100 percent joint examination of two containers marked MSCU 4581770 and TRHU 7968071 from South Africa.

“As a result, the exercise was conducted with other stakeholders on January 18 and 19, 2024, during which 56.39kg cocaine and 795kg Colorado, a synthetic strong strain of cannabis among other illegal items were recovered from the containers.

Uzairu Iguda, one of the suspects

“Following a tasking order by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, to a combined team of specialized units of the agency to unravel those behind the importation of the large consignments of the illicit drugs, ongoing investigations have led to the discovery of more bags of Colorado weighing 192.7kg, a pistol, and rounds of ammunition removed from the container, MSCU 4581770 and hidden in an empty container before the 100 percent joint examination at the Five Star terminal.

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“As a result, two suspects: Uzairu Iguda, who is in charge of the terminal’s container positioning and stacking, and Anjorin Idowu who is a dock worker in the terminal have been arrested.

Udochukwa Ezikiel, one of the suspects

“Another suspect, Mohammed Sule (alias organizer) now at large, is also a dock worker in the terminal.

“Investigations reveal that the three suspects conspired with the agent and notify party, Falowo Kayode to remove the 192.7kg Colorado, pistol and rounds of ammunition from the container to an empty container in the terminal.

“The latest seizure brings the total recovered from the two containers to 56.39kg of cocaine and 987.9kg of Colorado with a combined weight of 1,044.29kg.

“Investigations have also revealed three kingpins believed to be based in South Africa and connected with the importation of the containers.

Tasiu Mohammed and Abubakar Tanko, some of the suspects


“They include: Odeyemi Emmanuel; Akinyemi Olayinka and Adebayo Emmanuel, who are now on the Agency’s wanted list.

“In Edo State, NDLEA officers on February 20, raided a drug joint under powerline off Etete road, GRA Benin city where they arrested a sales girl, Jessica Destiny, 24, and recovered assorted illicit drugs.

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“A follow up operation the following day led to the arrest of the owner of the joint, 36-year-old Ibrahim Sani who is the Commander, Arewa Association Vigilantes in the area.

Rafiu Ogunro, one of the suspects

“While a consignment of 179kg cannabis was recovered by operatives at Badagry Waterside, Lagos on February 21, a 67-year-old grandpa, Rafiu Ogunro was nabbed on February 22, at Magbon, Ogun state with 57kg cannabis, 2,700 pills of tramadol, and 231 bottles of Codeine syrup, weighing 2.31 litres.

“In Borno, a 25-year-old lady, Zara Mele was arrested with quantities of cocaine and heroin at Baga check point on February 20, while Usman Shuaibu, 26, and Mohammed Lawan, 22, were also nabbed with quantities of the same class A drug at Meri and Babban Layi

areas of Maiduguri the same day respectively.

“No less than 44,820 pills of opioids being taken to Zamfara state by Tasiu Mohammed, 25, and Abubakar Tanko, 54, were intercepted along Jega-Sokoto road by NDLEA officers in Kebbi state, while a farmer Ali Abdulhamid, 35, was arrested in his farm where he grows tomatoes and some stems of cannabis sativa weighing 73 kilograms at Bakin Kasuwa village, Birnin Yero area of Igabi LGA, Kaduna State.

“Two suspects: Shuaibu Ahmed, 38, and Tanimu Abdullahi, 29, travelling in a commercial bus from Lagos to Kano with 99 blocks of cannabis weighing 37kg were intercepted by NDLEA officers along Kwali-Gwagwalada express road, Abuja on February 19, while one Michael Okefi was arrested at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra state with 483 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup concealed in two 50-litre kegs.

“A follow up operation led to the arrest of the actual owner, Osinachi Jasper.

“At least 540 grams of cocaine concealed in canvas shoes heading to the UK were intercepted at a courier firm in Lagos on February 23, by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI.

“Equally, a consignment of tramadol 225mg hidden in ladies headgear going to the UK was also seized same day at the courier house, while another parcel containing ecstasy concealed in body cream container meant for Cyprus was also intercepted.”

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