NDLEA seizes 12 consignments of cocaine at Enugu airport

Augustine Emeka, one of the suspects     

Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted 12 consignments of cocaine belonging to members of a drug trafficking organisation, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu,

NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, who made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday, said:

A businessman, Augustine Emeka, 44, who claims he deals in copper wire was arrested at the airport upon his arrival from Douala, Cameroon via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Ethiopia airline with the 12 consignments consisting of 797 pellets of cocaine weighing 17.6 kilograms.

During preliminary interview, the suspect admitted the cocaine consignments were for delivery to 12 different persons in the country.

Jamila Fatiu, one of the suspects

In a related development, NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos on December 8, arrested a fleeing suspect, Onyejiuwa Ifeanyi, who has gone into hiding since September 8, following the seizure of a United Kingdom bound 20kg cannabis consignment concealed in tomato pastes tins at the SAHCO shed linked to him.

In the same vein, operatives of the Seaports Operations of the Agency on December 4, arrested a 45-year-old Beninoise, Jamila Fatiu at Ebute Ero Jetty in Lagos Island with 398 bottles of codeine cough syrup on her way to Seme border via a boat service.

Mohammed Musa, one of the suspects

In Katsina state, NDLEA officers acting on intelligence disrupted a pre-wedding ceremony drug abuse competition in a community popularly known as Shola Quarters, Katsina and arrested 25 youths participating in the drug party.

Operatives swooped on the suspects while they were busy taking turns abusing all sorts of illicit substances including a mixture of multiple drugs mixed in a plastic bucket.

Though the groom, Musa Gwandi who organized the drug party along with his friends was not at the venue at the time the 25 others were arrested, he was however nabbed on December 3, following a manhunt for him.

Mohammed Abubakar one of the suspects

On the same day, operatives in Anambra state intercepted a truck marked BEN 302 YS (Edo) and after a search, 5,612 bottles of codeine-based syrup; 57,800 capsules of tramadol and 5,100 ampoules of pentazocine injection, among others were recovered.

The driver, Ambrose Oyamedan, conductors – Samuel Otejere and Obey Jonathan as well as the truck were taken into custody for further investigation.

Two ladies: Chiemenam Akusoba, 25, and Chidinma Ibenwa, 28, were also arrested on December 9, with 15.8503kg of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cannabis sativa in Umuogbu, Nnobi and Onitsha respectively.

Some of the suspected 25 youths participating in the drug party in Kastina

At least, three suspects: Monday John, 50; Maryam Adang, 48; and Mohammed Lawal Musa, 36, were arrested in different parts of Kaduna state.

While John was arrested with 28.4kg cannabis on December 7, Maryam was nabbed with 18.6kg of same substance on December 9, same day Musa, an indigene of Damagaran, Niger Republic was arrested with 34 kilograms of cannabis sativa along Abuja- Kaduna highway while he was on his way to Niger Republic with the exhibit.

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In Kogi state, a 20-year-old Adamu Nuhu was arrested on December 3, on Okene- Lokoja- Abuja expressway while coming from Onitsha, Anambra enroute Kaduna with 2,700 ampoules of pentazocine injection; 11,900 pills of tramadol 225mg and 100mg as well as 124,000 tablets of diazepam.

Maryam Adang, one of the suspects

In Borno state, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 81,975 pills of tramadol from three suspects: Mohammed Abubakar, 25; and Hassan Mohammed, 25, both in Response Area, Bayo town while Suleman Hamidu, 27, was nabbed by soldiers on a follow up operation in Mubi town, Adamawa state.

While Taye Ali, 43, and Okon Peter, 60 were arrested with 97kg cannabis at Kanisuru, Ipele area of Ondo state on December 9, Nnabuke Christian, 29, was nabbed with 46,000 tabs of diazepam, 4,900 pills of tramadol and 6,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection at Gwagwalada area of the FCT Abuja.

The suspect admitted that the consignment was for onward supply to illegal miners at Sabongarin Doguwa in Kano State,” the statement added.

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