NDLEA seizes consignment of Loud at Lagos airport

Babalola Gboyega, one of the suspects

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted a large consignment of Loud, a synthetic strong strain of cannabis, concealed in giant loudspeakers tucked in a consolidated cargo imported from New York, United States of America.

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

“When the giant wooden boxes dressed as sound speakers seized by NDLEA officers at the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport, were opened, the sound boxes were stuffed with 60 bags of the expensive but highly sought-after psychoactive substance, Loud, weighing 33.5 kilograms.

Taiwo Anuoluwapo, one of the suspects

“At least, three suspects: a freight agent Akeem Afeez; logistics company manager Babalola Gboyega and the receiver of the consignment Taiwo Anuoluwapo have been arrested in follow-up operations between Bebuary15 and 16, 2024.

“While Afeez was arrested at the airport, Gboyega was nabbed at his office on Allen Avenue Ikeja and Taiwo traced to his residence at 13 Ayo Babatunde Crescent, Lekki Phase1, Lagos, where he was picked on Friday.

Afamefuna Kingsley, one of the suspects



“In Abia, a joint raid operation between the NDLEA and men of the State Homeland Security.

at 23 Arochukwu street, Umuahia around 11pm on February 14, led to the arrest of a female lawyer, Adaobi Nweke, 36; her boyfriend, Emeka Nkemefola, 36; her mother, Mrs. Ngozi Nweke, 65; Dike Okpara, 43, who is herbalist to the family; Chukwudi Abel, 33, member of the family; Amarachi Paul, 18, another member of the family and their 22-year-old salesgirl, Blessing Jonathan.

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“Investigations reveal that members of the family had long been in the illicit drug business passed on to them by their now late father, Jonathan Nweke.

“Recovered from them as at the time of their arrest include various quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Loud, Cannabis Sativa and precursor chemical with a total weight of 1.670kg as well as N578,400 monetary exhibit.

Adaobi Nweke and family, some of the suspects

“Attempt by a 25-year-old Uber driver, Joshua Henry to deliver a consignment of 26.2grams of Loud picked in Abuja to a customer in Keffi, Nasarawa state on February 12, was thwarted by NDLEA operatives who intercepted him.

“In the same vein, 54-year-old Dada Adedara was on February 14, arrested at Dan Bare area of Kano State with 468 blocks of cannabis weighing 246.4kg.

“Same day, operatives in Ogun state arrested the duo of Kafayat Junaid and Sakirat Osoanu with 13kg cannabis sativa.

“In Kogi state, a suspect, Charles Chike, 45, was arrested by NDLEA operatives in a hotel in Lokoja on February 20, with 290 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 116kg.

Dada Adedara, one of the suspects

“The exhibit was concealed in the boot of a blue Honda Accord car marked Abuja ABC 853 SL, which took off from Ekiti state enroute Abuja.

“Not less than 227kg of same substance was recovered from Atoshi camp, Emure -Ile, Owo LGA, Ondo State, while two suspects: John Jonathan and Emmanuel Alex were arrested.

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“Operatives in Edo state acting on intelligence on February 14, intercepted a consignment of methamphetamine coming from Onitsha, Anambra state to Lagos, in a Toyota Sienna bus marked Anambra NZM 347 ZL.

“The meth consignment weighing 0.966kg was concealed inside a cassava made local food item, African salad popularly called “Abacha”.

Kafayat Junaid and Sakirat Osoanu, some of the suspects

“The driver of the vehicle, Afamefuna Kingsley, 42, was arrested in connection with the seizure.

“On the same day, a team of NDLEA officers also intercepted a Peugeot 406 space wagon car driven by Akhere Fardam, 47, along Uromi road in Esan Northeast LGA.

“A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of 865 bottles of codeine; 2,600 pills of tramadol and 600 tabs of swinol and rohypnol.

Tawa Wasiu, one of the suspects

“In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, NDLEA operatives conducted raid operations in Kubwa area of the FCT during which they arrested Tawa Wasiu, 47, and Iliya Ibrahim, 18, with 10.5kg cannabis, 13.5 grams of diazepam and 2.9 grams of tramadol tablets.

“Another suspect, Yaro Bala, 27, was arrested on February 15, with 50.5kg cannabis during a stop and search operation along Abaji/Abuja highway on his way from Auchi Edo state to Paiko, Niger State,” it added.

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