Different quantities of illicit drugs going to the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand have been intercepted and seized by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. The operations were undertaken by narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations, DOGI, attached to some courier companies in Lagos State.
In one of the courier firms, 400 grams of Ketamine hidden in walls of hair attachments cartons coming from Cameroon and heading to the U.S were seized. Others include 30 grams of Tramadol concealed in female headgear coming from Onitsha, Anambra State and going to the UK; 200 grams of Ketamine from Cameroon going to the U.S; and 400 grams of Methamphetamine from Asaba, Delta state heading to New Zealand.
Meanwhile, 90-year-old Yusuf Yarkadir has been arrested for selling drugs to youths in his Yarkadir village in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Under interrogation, the nonagenarian confessed he has been selling cannabis Sativa to the youths in his community for 8 years due to the high demand for the illegal substance.
Spokesperson of the Agency, Femi Babafemi in a statement said Yarkadir failed to disclose his source of supply, but however, vowed that his arrest on Wednesday would now make him back out of the business have tried in the past to stop the illicit trade without success.
Similarly, narcotics officers in the Ondo State Command of the Agency have arrested 2 teenage siblings along with other suspects for dealing in assorted illicit drugs in Akure.
The teenagers were arrested in the Car Street area of the Ondo State capital with 1.894 kilogrammes of Tramadol on Monday while 23-year-old Kazeem Oluyede was nabbed in the Eru Oba area with 300 grams of cannabis and 3 grams of methamphetamine. This is just as a 35-year-old lady, Maryam Musa was arrested in Igbara-Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State with 5.5 kilogrammes of cannabis, on the same day.
Also in Ondo State, following credible intelligence and surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday stormed the Ogbese market, in Akure North LGA, where Messrs Jalamia Ochonogor and Austin Uzoka were arrested with 63 kilogrammes of cannabis.
In Bauchi State, at least 7 persons have been arrested and 28.091 kilogrammes of assorted drugs such as Diazepam, Exol-5, Rophynol, Tramadol, Codeine, and cannabis recovered from them. Those arrested in 2 separate raids by operatives of the Bauchi State Command of the Agency include Sunday Obi, Abba Abdullahi, Samuel John, Chijioke Agu, Sani Musa, Alhaji Alhaji Baffa, and Abubakar Saidu.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)