A fake police officer and soldier as well as youth corps member are among 663 suspected drug traffickers and users arrested when operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA raided notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country during which assorted illicit drugs weighing over 153, 256.876 kilogrammes were either destroyed or seized in the past week.
The Agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi in a statement said in Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in Mushin area of the State was on Friday raided by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code named “Operation Still Waters”. Not less than 27 suspects were arrested while various drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized.
A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the State where 6 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 165 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs recovered.
In Ogun state, operatives on Friday intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore-Shagamu Expressway with 562.5 kilogrammes of Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota Sienna bus, while in Benue State, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia Park where 6 suspects including a fake 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 3.5 kilogrammes of Cannabis on Wednesday.
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 45.5 kilogrammes of Cannabis. Three suspects were arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku villages in Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State where over 64 kilogrammes of drugs were recovered on Wednesday.
In Ekiti State, NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road in Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilogrammes of Cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than 3 days. The operation, which began on Tuesday continued till Sunday.
In raids across other states in the country, no fewer than 615 suspects were arrested and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilogrammes recovered.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)