Pregnant woman, undergraduate, 26 others held for drug trafficking

Pregnant woman, undergraduate, 26 others held for drug trafficking

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A pregnant woman, a nursing mother and a 200-Level University student were among 28 persons arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement agency (NDLEA) for alleged drug trafficking.

The suspects were with tons of illicit drugs in NDLEA raids across FCT, 12 States, the spokesman of the agency said on Sunday in a statement.

30-year-old Ms. Mercy Nyong, 200-level student of Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), was arrested on Wednesday 12th October at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos for attempting to export 300grams of tramadol 225mg concealed in incense products going to Dubai, United Arab Emirate

In the FCT, operatives of the agency on Saturday 15th October stormed a village known as Chukuku, which is about 10 kilometers from Gwagwalada where they raided a large cannabis warehouse.

NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 510 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 5, 640kgs were recovered from the store and a nursing mother in charge, Saadatu Abdullahi, 35, was arrested.

In Yobe, while operatives intercepted 48kgs of cannabis in Buni Yadi, they also raided a location in Potiskum where they recovered 56 blocks (31kgs) from two suspects: Mohammed Mamuda and a married pregnant woman, Hauwa Haruna.

In addition, 99 bags of cannabis and three bags of its seeds weighing 1,286kgs were seized on Thursday 13th Oct when operatives raided a location in Ogbese area of Ondo State, while another raid at Umukpe forest in Uhunmwode Council Area of Edo State, led to the seizure of 410kgs of the same substance in addition to a motorcycle, two dane guns.

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Two suspects, Numga Anim, 30, and Friday Ebije, 50, were arrested in the operation, while not less than 50 bags of C/S weighing 623kgs were also recovered at Ekpom village in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State.

The owner, Lucky Henry, 30, was arrested by the agency, while another suspect, Ndidi Esegine, 52, was also nabbed at Ugbodo forest, Ovia North East LGA with 266.8kgs cannabis Sativa on Tuesday 11th October.

Two days later, operatives stormed Uzebba forest in Owan West LGA to destroy four cannabis farms where two suspects: Ezekiel Raphael and Gideon Bassey were arrested with a total of 223.5kgs processed C/S recovered.

NDLEA during a stop and search operation on the East/West road, in Ahoada area of Rivers State, led to the recovery of 251.4kgs of C/S in a gold colour Toyota Sienna bus with marked: Abuja YAB 70 BR, and a suspect, Segun Ajayi arrested, while 161.4kgs were equally recovered, from an ash colour Toyota Camry saloon car with Reg No- Abuja RBC 590 BQ.

Elsewhere in Akwa Ibom State, attempt by a trans-border trafficker, Edet Osu James, 44, to export 2.4kgs cocaine concealed in two large tins of powdered milk to Cameroon was foiled by officers of the Marine unit of NDLEA on Thursday 13th October during an outward clearance of vessels going to Cameroon from Oron.

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Besides, not less than 10,690 pills of tramadol were intercepted by the agency during stop and search operations on Owerri-Onitsha road in Imo State.

Three suspects: Saadu Usman; Godwin Emeka and Emeka Obijihe arrested in follow-up efforts on Thursday 13th Oct. Interestingly, Emeka Obijihe was already standing trial for a similar offence for which he was arrested on 9th May 2022 and was on court bail when he was arrested again last Thursday for trafficking 6.5kgs of tramadol.

In Jigawa state, operatives recovered 67,300 pills of exol-5 and tramadol at Dansure/Roni junction while in Kogi State, a total of 46,100 pills of the same opioids were seized along Okene-Abuja highway both on Thursday 13th October.

Also, six suspects were arrested at a notorious drug location in Ngurore town, Adamawa state with a total of 495kgs cannabis seized in addition to different quantities of opioids. Suspects arrested include: Chidi Titus; Vincent Donatus; Badishi Bitrus; Abubakar Inuwa; Abdul A. Abdul and Inuwa Ado Isa.

Similarly, at least 5,480 pills of tramadol were seized from two suspects: Dalhatu Salisu and Hamisu Ishaq, who were arrested on Wednesday 12th October by operatives on Abuja-Kaduna express road, while a total of 3,800 bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura and 7,760 tablets of tramadol were recovered from five suspects along Ilorin-Jebba highway.

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Four of the suspects: Idris Nadir, 38; Suleiman Mubammed, 68; Babangida Zaki, 30 and Yahaya Lawal claimed they were coming from Ibadan, Oyo state and taking the Akuskura to Katsina, Kano and Birnin Kebbi. The fifth suspect, Nafiu Idris, who was arrested with the tramadol pills said he was taking them to Kankara in Katsina state.

While commending the officers and men of Yobe, MMIA, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos and FCT Commands of the anti-narcotics Agency for their efforts at drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction, its Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, charged them and their counterparts across other commands not to rest on their oars.

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