Grandparents risk jail term for drug trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has nabbed two grandparents for drug trafficking offences that could attract a jail term.

Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesman said on Sunday in a statement that 75-year-old Jibril Audu was arrested on Friday 10th May 2024.

He was arrested with 7.5 kilograms of cannabis at Oke-asa village, Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State during a raid operation.

The statement also said 70-year-old grandmother, Tikwase Nytor was nabbed with 15.6kg of same substance on Thursday 9th May 2024.

She was nabbed during a raid operation at Achusa and International Market road, Makurdi, Benue State.

The statement said the suspects will have a date in court when ongoing investigation is concluded.

Babafemi said NDLEA operatives also intercepted three trailer loads of opioids, comprising three million four hundred and fifty thousand (3,450,000) pills and three hundred and forty-four thousand (344,000) bottles of codeine syrup at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

He revealed that three suspects were also arrested in connection with the multi-billion naira seized consignments.

The consignments were loaded into two 40-ft container trucks and another 20-ft truck at the AML bonded terminal, Abule-Osun, near the International Trade Fair complex before heading to a large warehouse at Abule-Ado.

NDLEA officers eventually arrested the suspects and recovered the opioid consignments on Thursday 9th May 2024, according to the statement.

A warehouse agent, Cosmas Obiajulu, 51; Ridwan Balogun, 25, and Banjo Tayo, 30, was amongst the arrested suspects in the crime.

Drivers of two of the trucks while the third driver jumped off to escape arrest.

The anti-narcotic Agency also recorded breakthroughs in the fight against hard drugs in some parts of the Country, including Lagos, Edo, Adamawa in the previous week.

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