NDLEA agents reject N1.2m bribe from drug traffickers

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officers of National Drug Law Enforcement agency (NDLEA, Mr Mohamed Buba Marwa as commended the officers and men who rejected a bribe of One Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,200,000) from suspected drug traffickers to evade arrest and prosecution.

THE SUSPECTS; MONDAY SULEIMAN AND SAMA’ILA MOHAMMED (BOTH IN KADUNA STATE/EBI AKPOTUDUA FROM DELTA STATE PHOTO: CREDIT NDLEA.

Mr Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy of NDLEA said in a statement on Sunday that the bribed was allegedly offered by two suspects to smuggle 367 kilograms of cannabis sativa from Kaduna State.

The statement which gave the names of the suspects as, Monday Suleiman, 62, and Sama’ila Mohammed, recovered from a vehicle marked FKJ141DX by the security agents in a stop-and-search patrol in the State.

The cash that was offered NDLEA officers on Wednesday 15th March 2023, were documented as part of exhibits to prosecute the suspects, according to the NDLEA.

In Delta State, NDLEA operatives also arrested a local female distiller of cannabis sativa and dry gin, Ebi Akpotudua, 52 on the same day.

The agency said the drug was met to produce a cocktail drink popularly known as monkey tail.

The suspect was arrested at Ugboroke by river road, Warri with 19.5 litres of monkey tail and 22.2kg cannabis.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Wednesday 15th March intercepted a jerrycan of palm oil going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

At the point of examination, it was discovered that 600 grams of cannabis sativa were concealed inside the jerrycan of palm oil. A suspect, Tunde Ogunbowale who presented the consignment for export to Dubai was immediately arrested.

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Just as NDLEA agents foiled attempt by suspected drug traffickers to export 2.7kg cannabis packaged as part of dried onions to Dubai.

The illicit consignment which was routed through a postal service firm, was frustrated by NDLEA officers attached to the courier company, who seized a carton filled with colourful sachets of dried onions, used to conceal the consignment.

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