NDLEA arrests 663 drug traffickers
Salihu Ali, Abuja
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested 663 drug trafficking suspects among them, fake police officer and a soldier as well as a youth corps member when it’s men raided notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the Nigeria.
Assorted illicit drugs weighing over 153, 256.876 kilograms were either destroyed or seized within the past week of operations.
This is contained in a press statement by the Director Media and advocacy NDLEA headquarters Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday.
According to the statement: “In Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in Mushin area of the state was on Friday 15th October raided by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code named ‘ Operation Still Waters, where not less that 27 suspects were arrested while various drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Cannabis, weighing 2,463.876 Kg were seized.”
“A day earlier, the operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized. This followed another raid of Alhaji Lasisi street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in Oshodi-Isolo area of the state during which 12 suspects were arrested and over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered,“ the statement explained.
In Ogun state, “operatives on Friday 15th October intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue state, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs.”
This came on the heels of the arrest of a “suspected fake soldier, Abel John along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on Wednesday 13th October.”
In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, “a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis.”
Also, “three suspects were arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku village, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State where over 64kg drugs were recovered on Wednesday 13th October.”
In Ekiti state, “NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days.”
In raids across other states in the country, “about 615 suspects were arrested and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilograms recovered.”
While commending officers and men and commands for recording success and for their resilience and commitment to the war against illicit substances, the Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) charged them not to rest on their oars.
He called for continued collaboration between the Agency and other stakeholders especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.