NDLEA nabs jailbird, intercepts UK-bound N.5 billion drugs

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a notorious drug dealer, Prince Ikechukwu Uzoma, in Mubi area of the state with 1kilogram of skunk.

PHOTO: THREE OF THREE DRUG SUSPECTS IN NDLEA CUSTODY. CREDIT NDLEA

32-year-old suspect, Prince Ikechukwu Uzoma, in Mubi area of Adamawa State on Monday 15th May, the spokesman of the agency, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday.

Ikechukwu had twice been arrested in the past, and convicted for the same offence, NDLEA, said the suspect was in 2017 sentenced to six months imprisonment and in 2019 he was again sent to two years in jail for another drug crime.

In the same vein, a trans-border trafficker, Faisal Mohammed, 27, was on Wednesday 17th May arrested in Mubi following the interception of a truck from Onitsha, Anambra State.

A total of 2,376 sachets of tramadol comprising 23,760 pills were found concealed in three blue rubber Jerrycans which were hidden underneath the body part of the truck.

The suspect, according to the statement, admitted the opioid was to be taken to Cameroon.

In Oyo state, two suspects: Osas Susan, 35, and Thomas Biodun, 23, were arrested at Igbon, Gambari in Ogbomoso North LGA with 2.13kg cannabis.

Also, Idris Muhammed, 55, was nabbed with 4,500 pills of tramadol when a commercial bus conveying him and other passengers was stopped and searched along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Similarly, NDLEA agents arrested Mr Bulus Mikah, 63 at Kafanchan, Kaduna State with over 5kg opioids including tramadol, diazepam, rohypnol and exol-5.

A total of 965kg cannabis was seized from Shehu Muhammadu Dandare, 25, at Maraban Jos, in Igabi local government area of the State, according to the Agency.

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While 552kg cannabis was recovered from a warehouse in a bush when operatives stormed and destroyed 1.5 hectares of cannabis farm in Uhodoua forest, Esan South East LGA, Edo State.

10 suspects were arrested with a total of 5.587kg cannabis sativa, 144.4grams of methamphetamine and 48, 260 capsules of tramadol in different parts of Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday 19th May 2023.

In Kwara, two suspects: Mohammed Isa, 47 and Mohammed Haman, 36, were arrested on Friday 19th May on Ilorin/Lagos road in a commercial bus on their way to Maiduguri, Borno State with 6kg cannabis, 50grams of methamphetamine and 20 pieces of military camouflage caps and uniforms.

The same day, operatives in Jigawa state nabbed one Ibrahim Abdullahi, 53, with 120kg cannabis at Sara town in Gwaram Local government Area of the State.

Besides, no fewer than 628 bottles of new psychoactive substance, skuchies were also impounded by NDLEA when operatives raided a drug joint at Idanre where four suspects were arrested.

The names of the arrested suspects were given as Olamide Olusola, 26; Abiodun Tijjani, 21; Fatope Temidayo, 29; Agba Obi, 30 and Olafisoye Festus, 26. In the same vein, a suspect, Kayode Hakeem, 22, was arrested at Hawan Dawaki, Kano with 293 blocks of cannabis weighing 211.6 kilograms.

Meanwhile, Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted a large consignment of methamphetamine concealed in powdered custard containers.

The consignment were part of a consolidated cargo going to London, United Kingdom at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.

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The illicit drug consignment weighing 30.10 kilograms with a street value of N567million was detected and seized by NDLEA operatives at the airport on Tuesday 16th May.

This was swiftly followed by series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of a freight agent, Nwobodo Chidiebere; a female suspect, Chioma Lucy Akuta and ultimately the drug lord behind the shipment, Charles Chinedu Ezeh, who was arrested at Sotel Suites, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos on Thursday 18th May.

Ezeh claims he is a businessman and deals in articles in Onitsha, Anambra State but investigations reveal he lived with his wife and children in London until 10th December 2022 when he fled to Nigeria after his involvement in a drug related offence in the UK.

Though he claimed to have been living in hotels since his return to Nigeria last December, operatives were however able to locate his mansion at No. 1 Hawawu Abikan Street, Lekki, on Friday 19th May, where a search was conducted and his travel and property documents among others were recovered.

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