NDLEA Nabs Drug Kingpin in Lagos Hotel, Recovers 8 Tonnes of Cannabis, Others

Salihu Ali, Abuja.

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Operatives of Nigeria’s Anti-narcotic Agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos, South West Nigeria, have arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who allegedly specializes in the exploitation and recruitment of young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.
A press statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Femi BabaFemi, said the suspect was arrested at the Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos State with 60 wraps of methamphetamine, weighing 1.009 kilogrammes.

In another operation in Lagos State, operatives on Friday, 1st of December, 2023, recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin, while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud, was arrested by the police on Victoria Island and transferred to the Lagos Command of the NDLEA on Friday, 1st December, 2023, with 154 parcels, weighing 92kgs.
Also, a team of NDLEA operatives have intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos State, recovering 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilogrammes of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota, at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos State.
Also, attempts by drug syndicates to export illicit substances, including various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage to Europe, the United Arab Emirate and Asia have been thwarted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at some courier firms in Lagos State.
BabaFemi explained that, “some of the consignments intercepted by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos includes tramadol 225mg, heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa going to Dubai, UAE; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage, going to the UAE; another set of same drug hidden in local soap, also going to the UAE as well; and a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons, heading to Hong Kong.”
Also, shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA, was equally intercepted at a courier firm while the recipient, Daniel Ogi, was tracked by NDLEA officers and arrested at No 5, Akeem Shittu Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos State.
BabaFemi disclosed that eight thousand (8,000) bottles of codeine in Edo, Delta, Bauchi, Kaduna, Gombe, and Kogi States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were recovered in different raids, among others.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd).
While commending the officers and men of the affected commands for their outstanding feats in the past week, the Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd), applauded their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy lectures, thus creating parity between their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities.
Meanwhile, various commands of the NDLEA across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign in the past week.