By Jennifer Ugwueke
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have seized 8,268.2311 kilos of assorted illicit drugs including cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk among others in weeklong coordinated raids across Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Enugu, Bauchi Edo and Anambra states.
At least, 15 drug dealers including a woman in wheelchair were arrested during the ‘offensive action’.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that the operations began on Sunday 1st August and lasted till Saturday 7th August, 2021 in the seven states.
According to him, the raids aimed at mopping up illicit drugs in the affected states followed intelligence and as part of the ongoing offensive action ordered by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) against all drug cartels across the country.
“The bulk of the seized drugs were recovered in Ondo and Edo states. In Akure, the Ondo State capital, a 27-year-old Omokayode Adedayo was on Friday 6th August arrested along Oda road, Akure South Local Government Area with a cocktail of illicit substances including cannabis sativa, cocaine, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and designer drug.
“The previous day, Thursday 5th August, men of the Nigerian Army had intercepted 1,025kgs of cannabis in Toyota Sequoia numbered FST 169 BW and a Toyota Sienna with APP 918 FA as registration number, at a checkpoint in Isua Akoko, where two fake police officers; Stephen Sunday and Eze Ezenwa were also arrested with 575kgs of cannabis being conveyed in a Sienna bus with a fake police registration number NPF 1651D,” Babafemi said.
The suspects and exhibits were promptly handed over to the Ondo State command of NDLEA along with a cash exhibit of N148,300.
This was preceded by a raid carried out by operatives of the Ondo State command at Egbeta community, a border town between Ondo and Edo states, where 6,332kgs of cannabis sativa were recovered and two suspects; Emeka Ossai and Raphael Henry arrested.
In Akwa Ibom State, raids in parts of the state led to the recovery of 64.903kg of illicit drugs including 1.2031kgs crack cocaine from a 26-year-old Nwoye Ogbonna Solomon, the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of the state.
In Adamawa state, a drug dealer, Ikechukwu Onuh, was arrested at Jimeta, Yola on Thursday 5th August with 14.400kgs of tramadol packaged as diclofenac to evade detection.
In Enugu, a total of 19.08kg of cocaine and skunk was recovered from three suspects including a 35-year-old cripple, Iyiogwe Chinenye and 25-year-old Aja Chidi David. Also, different quantities of cocaine and heroin were seized from an 18-year-old drug dealer, Jude Chinedu during raids at Inland town area of Onitsha, Anambra State.
While 59.3kgs of a psychotropic substance, pentazocine was intercepted in a bus from Jos, Plateau State to Bauchi with the courier arrested, over 148.808kgs of different variants of skunk, some of which were meant for students of Igbinendon University, Okada and Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, were recovered from two dealers; Sunday Ojodale Oguche, 21, and Endurance Ehigie, 23 on Wednesday 4th August.
Meanwhile, different quantities of tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk going to the UK, Australia, New Zealand and UAE were intercepted in two courier firms in Lagos by narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation (DOGI), in the agency.
Reacting to the outcome of the raids, Marwa commended the officers and men of the seven commands and DOGI for their diligence, charging them not to rest on their oars.