NDLEA operatives arrest 25 drug suspects in Abuja

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, detained twenty-five (25) drug suspects in several operations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, the anti-narcotics agency’s spokesperson, said that the suspects were apprehended in the New Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons Camp in the FCT.

He stated that in Abuja, operators detained 25 individuals in operations in Tora Bora, Gwarinpa village, Third Avenue in Gwarinpa, Karamo, Garki Market, Sabongari Bwari, and the New Kuchingoro IDPs camp.

The NDLEA spokesperson further revealed, “Another bid to smuggle into Lagos a consignment of 24kgs cannabis concealed in imported used cars from Canada was again frustrated by NDLEA operatives who seized the illicit substance on Thursday, May 11, during a joint 100% examination of a container marked, MSMU 7412069, at the Prime Connection Bonded terminal, off Oshodi-Apapa expressway.”

According to the spokesman, two clearing agents linked with the container, G.O. Njokwu and Christopher Obialor, have been arrested in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Customs Service.

He also disclosed that two businessmen have both excreted 193 pellets of the illicit drug after three days in observatory custody, saying that they were arrested by operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The statement said that on May 10, the traffickers, Onoh Ebere, 49, and Christian Ifeanyi, 47, were intercepted at the Abuja airport upon their arrival from Uganda via Addis Ababa, onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 951.

He said that they both travelled to Uganda and from there crossed over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they picked the consignments before returning to Abuja with Lagos as their final destination.

He added that after days in the excretion room, Ebere Onoh excreted a total of 100 pellets weighing 2.137kgs, while Christian Ifeanyi expelled 93 pellets hidden in his stomach with a gross weight of 1.986kgs.

In the same vein, in Zaro bunk on Bama Road, Sabongari and the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, both in the Kano metropolis, Babafemi noted that NDLEA operatives also raided two notorious drug joints where 160 suspects were arrested with different quantities of illicit substances.

According to him, Abubakar Sallau, 55, and Nazifi Abdullahi, 25, two suspects were arrested on Saturday, May 13, along Kano-Maiduguri Road, with 5,000 pills of Tramadol 200mg, while 65,200 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5 were seized from the duo of Adamu Nagati, 30, and Ali Nasiru, 35.

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