Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA have arrested a major distributor of illicit substances within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Ibrahim Momoh.
Momoh popularly known as Ibrahim Bendel, escaped from prison custody after he was convicted for drug dealing, a notorious major distributor of illicit substances within the FCT.
Spokesman of the Agency, Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday, alleged that the suspect was first arrested on 27th November, 2014 with cannabis sativa weighing 385.1 kilograms prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to seven years and six months in prison.
Babafemi recalled that on 22nd July 2015 but while serving his jail term at Kuje, he escaped from prison custody on 16th May, 2016.
Credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on 20th November 2022 stormed the warehouse of the fleeing ex-convict, Momoh, and recovered 81 jumbo bags of cannabis weighing 1,278 kilograms.
The store was located within his poultry farm in Dei-Dei area of the FCT, according to NDLEA said though Momoh was not around at the time when his warehouse was raided.
But his manager, 55-year-old Ghanaian, Richard Forson Gordon was arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to two years in jail. Consequently, the Agency thereafter declared Momoh wanted.
The manhunt for the drug lord paid off on 5th November 2023 when operatives again raided his hideout at Filin Dabo, Dei-Dei area of Abuja where he was arrested.
He was nabbed with 56.9 kilograms of cannabis sativa and 42.7 grams of Diazepam. In another raid in the same area of the FCT on Monday 13th November, a suspect Yusufa Ibrahim, 27, was arrested with 75.3kgs of cannabis.
In Ondo State, anti-narcotic agents arrested five persons including another wanted drug kingpin, Christopher Onyebuchi, 40, were arrested at New Bridge Compound, Idoani on Wednesday 15th November and a total of 1,945 kilograms of cannabis.
The Agency recovered from them. Others include: Olorunda Ojo, 52; Femi Tomoye, 22; Abdurahman Salahu, 29; and Momoh Jimoh, 31.
Onyebuchi, acccording to NDLEA, had earlier been arrested by NDLEA on 25th March 2022 with 89kgs of same substance but jumped bail after he was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Akure.
Similarly, operatives in the State also on Sunday 12th Nov raided Upemen village in Owo where they recovered 1,834 kilograms of same substance with 273kgs also seized the previous day, Saturday 11th November 2023 at Ipesi Akoko.
NDLEA also made seizure of Sokoto, Benue, Imo States and Ogun where its operatives also arrested some suspected drug kingpins during different raids.