A serving officer of a law enforcement agency, Popoola Abayomi, has been arrested for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun State.
The drug dealer who serves in the Lagos State Command of the security agency was arrested on Wednesday 15 June 2021 after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in Camp area of Abeokuta.
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Spokesman of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that one of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider known as Ogah, was trailed to the location at about 8pm and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grams before Popoola who has been on the agency’s watch list was nabbed with different illicit drugs including codeine, 17 bottles; cannabis, 22.26grams; tramadol 230, 98grams; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam, 23.72grams; 113 tablets of molly, 48.16grams and sex drops, 43.92grams.
“After the arrest of the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle. The narcotic agents however restrained themselves and after hours of standoff succeeded in moving the suspects to custody,” Babafemi said.
In the same vein, one Adelodun Kamaldeen was been arrested by operatives of the Oyo State Command of the agency at General Area, Ilorin, Kwara State following the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grams and 4.8grams respectively on 13 June.
The following day, two ladies; Mary Peter, 40, and Mercy Oladele, 39, were arrested at Total Garden, Ibadan when NDLEA operatives acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial micra car.
The two women were arrested with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kg brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, to supply a man they simply identified as Alhaji.
According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with.
On Friday 18 June, operatives of the Oyo State Command of the agency, acting on intelligence raided the residence of one Alhaji Faruq at Elebu area, Akala expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, where they recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate.
Skunk and heroin in the anus
Meanwhile, In Kaduna State, a drug trafficker, Segun Abraham, was arrested at Panteka area of the state on 17 June with 211.500kg of skunk heading to Kano State.
Also, a Nigerian returning from Pakistan, Ezenyeche Kingsley Ebuka, was arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airpirt (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos with five pellets of heroin weighing 250grams discovered in his anus.
The suspect had arrived the ‘D’ arrival hall of the airport on 14 June on a Turkish airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus.
He, however, failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during inward clearance of passengers on the flight.
While commending the Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and the MMIA commands of the agency for sustaining the offensive action against illicit drug trafficking and the cartels running it, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa, warned that the NDLEA will not spare any law enforcement agent hiding under the privilege of his uniform to engage in narcotic criminal business.
“Those who think they can sabotage ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse hiding behind the facade of their uniforms should better think twice because they’ll have NDLEA to contend with.
“We’ll not only arrest and expose them but we’ll equally prosecute them and seize all assets acquired through the proceeds of their criminal act,” he said.