NDLEA nabs Groom, 25 suspects at drug competition wedding party

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested groom and 26 suspected at drug competition pre-wedding party in Katsina State.

NDLEA officers acting on intelligence disrupted the drug abuse competition party in a Community popularly known as Shola Quarters in the State.

Spokesman of the anti-narcotic Agency, Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday that Operatives swooped on the suspects while they were allegedly busy abusing illicit substances, including a mixture of multiple drugs mixed in a plastic bucket.

Babafemi said though the groom, Musa Gwandi who organized the drug party along with his friends was not at the venue at the time the 25 others were arrested.

But he was nabbed on Sunday 3rd December following a manhunt for him by NDLEA officers.

On the same day, Sunday 3rd December, operatives in Anambra state intercepted a truck marked BEN 302 YS (Edo) and after a search, 5,612 bottles of codeine-based syrup; 57,800 capsules of tramadol and 5,100 ampoules of pentazocine injection, among others were recovered.

The driver, Ambrose Oyamedan, conductors – Samuel Otejere and Obey Jonathan as well as the truck were taken into custody for further investigation.

Two women: Chiemenam Akusoba, 25, and Chidinma Ibenwa, 28, were also arrested on Saturday 9th December with 15.8503kg of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cannabis sativa in Umuogbu, Nnobi and Onitsha respectively.

On Friday 8th December, NDLEA operatives, arrested a fleeing suspect, Onyejiuwa Prince Ifeanyi at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.

The suspect has gone into hiding since 8th September following the seizure of a United Kingdom bound 20kg cannabis consignment concealed in tomato pastes tins at the SAHCO shed linked to him.

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In the same vein, NDLEA operatives of the Seaports Operations of the Agency on Monday 4th December arrested a 45-year-old Beninoise, Jamila Fatiu at Ebute Ero Jetty in Lagos Island with 398 bottles of codeine cough syrup on her way to Seme border via a boat service.

Meanwhile, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday 9th December 2023 intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, twelve (12) consignments of cocaine belonging to members of a Drug Trafficking Organisation.

44-year-olf businessman, Augustine Justine Emeka, who claims he deals in copper wire was arrested at the airport upon his arrival from Douala, Cameroon via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Ethiopia airline.

He was caught with the 12 consignments consisting of seven hundred and ninety-seven (797) pellets of cocaine weighing 17.6 kilograms, according to NDLEA.

During preliminary interview, the suspect admitted the cocaine consignments were for delivery to 12 different persons in the Country.

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