A total of 160 suspects were arrested with different quantities of illicit substances as operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA operatives raided two notorious drug joints, Zaro Bunk in Burma Road, Sabongari and the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, both in Kano metropolis, North-West Nigeria.
Also, two suspects including 55-year-old Abubakar Sallau and 25-year-old Nazifi Abdullahi were arrested on Saturday, May 13 along Kano-Maiduguri Expressway with 5,000 pills of Tramadol 200mg, while a total of 65,200 tablets of tramadol and exol-5 were seized from the duo of 30-year-old Adamu Nagati and 35-year-old Ali Nasiru.
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This is even as operatives in Abuja also arrested 25 suspects in raids across Tora Bora, Gwarinpa village, Third Avenue in Gwarinpa, Karamo, Garki market, Sabongari Bwari and New Kuchigoro IDPs camp, within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Meanwhile, two businessmen arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for cocaine ingestion have both excreted 193 pellets of the illicit drug after three days in observatory custody.
Agency spokesperson, Femi Babafemi said the traffickers, Onoh Ebere and Christian Ifeanyi Ogbuji were intercepted at the Abuja airport on Wednesday, May 10 upon their arrival from Uganda via Addis Ababa, onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 951.
Though both suspects have businesses they manage in Nigeria, their main source of income has been drug trafficking. They both travelled to Uganda and from there crossed over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they picked the consignments before returning to Abuja with Lagos as their final destination.
After days in the excretion room, Ebere Onoh excreted a total of 100 pellets weighing 2.137 kilogrammes while Christian Ifeanyi Ogbuji expelled 93 pellets hidden in his stomach with a gross weight of 1.986 kilogrammes.
Another bid to smuggle into Lagos State a consignment of 24 kilogrammes of Cannabis indica concealed in imported used cars from Canada was again frustrated by NDLEA operatives who seized the illicit substance on Thursday, May 11 during joint 100% examination of a container marked, MSMU 7412069, at the Prime Connection Bonded terminal, off Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
Two clearing agents linked with the container, Chief G.O. Njokwu and Christopher Obialor, have been arrested in collaboration with men of the Nigeria Customs Service.
In the same vein, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier firms have intercepted a Saudi Arabia-bound 398 grammes of Cocaine hidden in native dresses during outward clearance of goods.
A female suspect, Fatima Hassan was arrested on Friday, May 12 at Agege, Lagos with 33.5 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, while 44 kilogrammes of the same substance was recovered the same day from the Lagos Island warehouse of a fleeing drug dealer.
On Thursday, May 11, another suspect, Peter Joseph was arrested along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway with 10,000 pills of Tramadol 250mg and 1,500 tablets of Rohypnol concealed inside his Toyota Sienna vehicle, with registration number NRK 961XB.
Similarly, a total of 68,300 pills of various opioids mainly Tramadol were recovered from one Bello Nasiru Usman when the truck conveying the illicit drugs was intercepted in Awka, Anambra state.
About 460,000mls of Akuskura in 7,800 bottles were seized from a 42-year-old dealer, Mohammed Kyari, when he was arrested in Gamboru Ngala town, Jere LGA of Borno State, North-East Nigeria on Wednesday, May 10.
While NDLEA operatives supported by soldiers raided the hideout of a notorious drug dealer, Jimoh Lekan (aka ‘Kokomo’) in Owode, Ogun State, South-West Nigeria where 134 kilogrammes of Cannabis were recovered from his store on Thursday, May 11, their counterparts in Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria earlier on Tuesday, May 9 arrested a 32-year-old suspect, Bashir Usman, at Gangare area of Jos, with 43.951 kilogrammes of Cannabis.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)