The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has intercepted 52.252 kilograms of Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Skunk to four States in Nigeria.
During the raids across Lagos, Kwara, Plateau, Sokoto and two courier companies, anti-narcotic agents arrested three sexagenarian grandfathers and a Nigerien.
Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesman in a statement Sunday, said the feat was achieved in the past week.
He revealed that a suspect, Onyebi Benjamin Chimaobi who frequents Cameroun, Ethiopia, Uganda and has been on NDLEAs watchlist was on Saturday 18th February arrested at Victory estate, Iba, Ojo area of Lagos State.
He explained that the susoect was arrested in connection with the seizure of a 19.70kgs cocaine abandoned on an Ethiopian airline flight that arrived Lagos airport on Thursday 9th February.
According to NDLEA, Chimaobi had travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to pick the consignment, which he claimed was handed over to him in a black backpack bag on the plane in Addis Ababa.
But the suspect failed to disembark with it on arrival in Lagos. While the Agency continues to investigate the flight crew members, relevant intelligence and investigative tools were deployed to identify the passenger.
The passenger, according to NDLEA, brought the consignment to Nigeria as a result of which Chimaobi was eventually unraveled and traced to Victory estate, Iba where he was arrested.
NDLEA also revealed that its agents intercepted an intending passenger on Turkish Airline flight to Torino via Milan, Italy at the Departure Hall of the Lagos airport on Thursday February 23rd 2023, while Obazee Timothy Eguagie, was nabbed with various quantities of opioids.
The consignment consisting a total of 22, 840 tablets of Tramadol 225mg weighing 10.60 kilograms and 1000 tablets of Tramadol 200mg with a gross weight of 600 grams.
The consignment was in addition to 2, 300 capsules of Tramadol 100mg, weighing 800 grams and 60 tablets of Rohypnol 1mg, weighing 19 grams were concealed inside cloths and wrapped with black tapes.
The following day, Friday 24th February, NDLEA operatives attached to the NAHCO import shed of the airport intercepted eight cartons of shoes coming from Los Angeles, United States of America.
A diligent examination of the cargo however showed that the shoes were used to conceal a total of 37 parcels of Loud variant of Cannabis with a gross weight of 20.10 kilograms.
A 63-year-old grandfather, Balogun Akinlabi Abideen hired as freight agent to clear the illicit consignment has already been arrested.
Two other sexagenarians arrested in connection with drug trafficking include Butven Siman, 62, who was nabbed with 5.5kgs skunk on Friday 17th Feb. at Timbol village, Langtang South LGA, Plateau State.
Besides, a 65-year-old Musa Shuaib who was arrested with a kilogram of cannabis on Thursday 23rd Feb in Adewole area of Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
At the two major courier companies in Lagos, a total of 4.292 kilograms of psychoactive drugs including Methamphetamine, Tramadol, Lexaton, and Swindon concealed in walls of cartons and picture frames
The alleged trafficker also concealed the illicit substance in bathing soap packs and bedsheets were recovered from parcels going to United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.
The consignments were intercepted by officers of the NDLEA Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI attached to the logistics firms.
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