NDLEA: Dismissed police officer arrested for drug trafficking

NDLEA: Dismissed police officer arrested for drug trafficking


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has arrested the former Divisional Police officer of Idanre Police station, Ondo State.

64-year-old Mr. Monday George Chika was arrsted by NDLEA operatives in Mokwa, Niger State months after he was dismissed from police service for drug offences.

Femi Babafemi, the Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA headquarters, Abuja disclosed this on Sunday in Press statement.

He alleged that Mr. Chika, was arrested on Sunday 30th January 2022 with an accomplice whose names and ages were given as Emmanuel Eniola, 40.

Part of the statement read: “In Niger State, a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police station, Ondo state, who was dismissed from service for drug offences, Mr. Monday George Chika, has again been arrested with an accomplice, Emmanuel Eniola, 40, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168kg.

“They were arrested on Sunday 30th Jan. in Mokwa, Niger State, after their Toyota Avalon car marked EKY 429 BZ (Lagos) loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the State was intercepted”, the statement said.

Babafemi said the suspects were intercepted with 280 blocks of compressed substance suspected to be cannabis weighing 168 kilogrammes loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the State in Toyota Avalon car marked EKY 429 BZ (Lagos) on Sunday 30th January 2022.

The statement also said over 22,160 kilograms of Codeine syrup, Methamphetamine and Skunk have been seized at Apapa seaport and a notorious drug den, Akala, Mushin, Lagos in two major operations in the State by operatives of agency.

Elsewhere in Lagos State, operatives of NDLEA intercepted a total of 14,080kg codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kg cold caps used to conceal the former in a 40ft container imported from India on Wednesday February 2, 2022 at the Apapa port.

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The statement noted that the Cannabis/Loud/Skunk imported from Ghana and Methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72kg were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin where 17 suspects including five females were arrested on Thursday February 3rd 2022.

The seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other port Stakeholders, according to the agency.

The Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA headquarters, Abuja said the agency Strike Force operatives with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den at Akala area in Lagos State and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.

Meanwhile, a female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Seriki, who is one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of Loud imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 27th November 2021, has been arrested by NDLEA narcotic officers after weeks of manhunt.

The NDLEA spokesman allegwd that Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin admitted being one the owners of the consignments seized, adding that her bags of drugs bears an inscription ‘Jah Bless’ written on the items.

After the operatives sorted the exhibits, was identified 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, narcotic officers of NDLEA attached to the airport, foiled attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of Methamphetamine to Brazil and United Kingdom (UK).

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Operatives intercepted 0.80kg of Meth concealed in relaxer plastic container heading to the UK through the SAHCO export shed in a first attempt, was foiled by NDLEA personnel on January 28th 2022.

A suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy who presented the consignment for search had been arrested for further investigation, according to the agency while the second attempt was also intercepted on Friday February 4th during the outward clearance of passengers at Gate ‘C’ Departure hall of the airport.

The incident.occurred when an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airline going to Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500grams of Meth concealed inside three plastic hair relaxer containers.

Similarly, a male passenger, Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by operatives with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank and Zenith Bank, during the inward clearance of passengers at the airport on the flight on Sunday January 30th 2022

In Edo State, operatives on Friday February 4th 2022, stormed the Igbogiri forest, Orhionmwon LGA and destroyed four dry season Cannabis farms measuring 3.067718 hectares, following the evacuation of 20 bags of compressed blocks of substance suspected to be Cannabis.

The exhibit was stored in a bush at Uzebba, Owan West LGA,
weighed 269.5kg the previous day and the arrest of Afadama James, 42, with 348kg cannabis at Owan, Ovia North East LGA on Wednesday February 2, 2022.

While operatives in Delta state arrested a 21-year-old student of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Kate Osagie over a 17.6grams designer drug she ordered from Onitsha, Anambra State, their colleagues in Borno State on Thursday February 3, 2022, nabbed one Fatima Musa, 30, for attempting to smuggle pentazocine injections into the camp of surrendered insurgents.

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In Plateau State, operatives intercepted a truck marked LSD857XB coming from Ekpoma, Edo State with 885 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 736kg.

The sum of N400,000 paid to bribe the arresting officers has also been warehoused as part of exhibits for prosecution.

Two suspects; Ebunoluwa Babalola, 40, and Sulyman Sheu, 30, were arrested at Ganmo, Ilorin, Kwara State with 90kg of Cannabis.

In the same vein, 2kg of Methamphetamine being brought to Abuja by a 29-year-old Charity Omuche from Anambra state was intercepted on Friday 4th Feb by operatives at Gwagwalada area of the FCT, while officers of the Kaduna Command of the Agency also arrested a suspect, Buhari Isah Umar with 300 shisha pens and 999 portions of synthetic cannabinoids with gross weight of 9.690kg.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended officers and men of the Strike Force, Apapa seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT and Delta Commands of the Agency for the successful interdiction operations that led to the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs across the Country in the past week.

He charged them and their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars accordingly.

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