The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled fresh bids by drug cartels to export Tramadol, Ecstasy MDMA and Cannabis to Milan, Italy and Dubai, United Arab Emirates through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
This was as the operatives of the anti-narcotic agency have also seized 203,879 tablets of various pharmaceutical opioids and illicit drugs in raids across Abia, Kaduna, Yobe and Kogi states.
The latest efforts of the operatives of the NDLEA at curtailing drug trafficking was contained in a press release by Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Femi Babafemi.
According to the release, a female passenger, Odia Emiliana Efe, was arrested arrested at the Lagos Airport, on Monday, 9 May, while trying to board Royal Air Moroc flight from Lagos via Casablanca to Milan, Italy with 1000 tablets of Tramadol 200mg concealed in food items.
“Five days after, a freight agent, Kareem Ibrahim, was arrested at the SAHCO Cargo Shed of the Lagos Airport for attempting to export food items in which were hidden blocks of cannabis weighing 6.65kg and 24grams of ecstasy drug, MDMA to Dubai in UAE.
“In Abia, three trucks loaded with drugs coming from Lagos and Onitsha, Anambra were intercepted in Aba, Abia State.
“When properly searched in the presence of the owners, on Wednesday, 11 May, 67,100 tablets/capsules of Tramadol and 12,650 ampules of pentazocine, morphine and dopamine were recovered.
“On the same day, NDLEA operatives, in Kaduna State, arrested a notorious drug dealer, Shehu Kabiru (aka ), who had earlier been declared wanted by the Kastina Command of the Agency for jumping bail.
“Recovered from him include 45,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 41.5kg; 50,000 tablets of Exol, weighing 15.6kg; 1,500 tablets of Rohypnol weighing 700 grams and 300 bottles of codeine weighing 41.5kg.
“In Yobe State, no fewer than 7,029 tablets of Tramadol, D5 and Exolas well as 1.5kg cannabis were recovered from a drug dealer, Ibrahim Yakubu, when his hideout was raided in Unguru Town on Sunday, 8 May.
“While in Rivers State, one Chekiri Richard Obomanu was arrested at the Eleme Area on Wednesday, 11 May, with 207.2kg cannabis.
“No less than 19,600 tablets of Tramadol, coming from Onitsha, Anambra State to Abuja, were intercepted and recovered along Okene/Abuja Highway, on Wednesday, 11 May by NDLEA operatives in Kogi State,” it was stated in the release.
In a related development, the NDLEA disclosed that five members of a syndicate, which conducts fake recruitment into security agencies, have been arrested in coordinated operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi states.
“Leader of the gang, Yakubu Sani, was first arrested in Gusau, Zamfara State. His criminal gang issues fake NDLEA employment letters and identity cards to unsuspecting members of the public for the sum of N400,000 per person.
“A follow up operation in Zuru, Kebbi State led to the arrest of another gang member, Ibrahim Isah, while three others- Dahiru Musa Limanchi, Gambo Danladi and Umar Abubakar- were nabbed in Bauchi State.
“Recovered from them are a fake NDLEA ID card; NDLEA guarantor form; INEC offer of appointment letter; Nigerian Customs Special Replacement Form and appointment letter; Nigerian Correctional Service Replacement Form; credentials of some applicants; receipts and passport photos; five sim packs and one MTN SIM card,” Babafemi disclosed.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Abia, Kaduna, Yobe, Rivers and Kogi commands for the arrests and seizures.
He equally acknowledged the well-conducted operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi states that nailed five members of a criminal gang scamming innocent job seekers with fake employment letters.
The NDLEA chairman charged them and their compatriots across all commands not to rest on their oars, but should continue to aspire to beat previous records.