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NDLEA intercepts 3 trailer loads of opioids, seizes 3.5million pills, 344,000 codeine bottles


…arrests 75-year-old granddad

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted three trailer loads of opioids comprising three million, four hundred and fifty thousand pills and three hundred and forty-four thousand bottles of codeine syrup at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Agency’s Spokesperson, Mr. Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday said  three suspects were also arrested in connection with the seizure.

The multi-billion naira consignments were loaded into two 40-ft container trucks and another 20-ft truck at the AML bonded terminal, Abule-Osun, near the International Trade Fair complex before heading to a large warehouse at Abule-Ado where NDLEA officers eventually arrested the suspects and recovered the opioid consignments on May 9, 2024.

Babafemi said those arrested include the warehouse agent, Cosmas Obiajulu, 51; Ridwan Balogun, 25, and Banjo Tayo, 30, both drivers of two of the trucks while the third driver jumped off to escape arrest.

In the same vein, NDLEA officials on Tuesday, May 7, arrested a suspect, Nwankwo Ejike in Coker area of Lagos where 100 litres of codeine syrup were recovered from him while 60 litres of the same substance were seized from Clinton Akinye in the same area same day. Not less than 37.5kg of cannabis sativa loaded in a Toyota Camry car was recovered from another suspect, Adegbola Segun, 47, when the car was intercepted at Mile 12 area of Lagos on Monday May 6.

Meanwhile, another consignment of opioids consisting of 59,106 pills of tramadol and different quantities of codeine syrup and rohypnol being taken across the border to Garua, Cameroon was intercepted by NDLEA officers on Monday May 6, along Mubi-Yola road, Adamawa State.

Two suspects linked to the drugs: Abubakar Auwal, 39, and  Adamu Abubakar, 25, (a.k.a Bamanga), a trans-border trafficker who was to take the consignment from Mubi across to Cameroon were promptly arrested.

While in Edo State, NDLEA on Saturday May 11, raided the Iguiye forest in Ovia North East LGA, where a total of 11,636.185kg cannabis was destroyed on three farms measuring 4.654474 hectares, while additional 188kg of the same psychoactive substance was recovered and a suspect, Itah Nyong was arrested during the overnight operation.

A 75-year-old grandfather, Jibril Audu, was on Friday May 10, arrested with 7.5 kilograms of cannabis at Oke-asa village,  Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State during a raid operation, while a 70-year-old grandmother, Tikwase Nytor was nabbed  with 15.6kg of same substance on Thursday,  May 9, during a raid operation at Achusa and International Market road, Makurdi, Benue State.

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