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Dismissed DPO, wanted kingpin arrested over drug offences

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested Mr Monday George Chika, a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police Station,…

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested Mr Monday George Chika, a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police Station, Ondo State, who was dismissed from service for drug offences.

Mr Chika was arrested with an accomplice, Emmanuel Eniola, 40, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168kg.

Spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that the duo was arrested on Sunday 30th January in Mokwa, Niger State, after their Toyota Avalon car marked EKY 429 BZ (Lagos), loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the state, was intercepted.

Also, a female drug kingpin, Mrs Jemilat Seriki, who is one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of Loud imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island Lagos State on Saturday 27th November 2021, was arrested by narcotics officers after weeks of manhunt.

Mrs Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin, admitted being one of the owners of the consignments seized, adding that her bags of drugs had ‘Jah Bless’ written on them.

“When eventually identified and sorted, she has 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg,” Babafemi said.

Meanwhile, over 22,160kgs of Codeine syrup, Methamphetamine and Skunk were seized at Apapa seaport and a notorious drug den, Akala, in Mushin, Lagos State in two major operations in the state by NDLEA operatives.

While 14,080kgs codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kgs cold caps used to conceal the former in a 40ft container imported from India, were intercepted on Wednesday 2nd February, at the Apapa port, Cannabis/Loud/Skunk imported from Ghana and Methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72kgs were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin where 17 suspects including five females were arrested on Thursday 3rd February.

The seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from foreign partners and the cooperation of other port stakeholders.

At Akala, NDLEA Strike Force operatives in their numbers with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos, attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of Methamphetamine to Brazil and the United Kingdom were scuttled by narcotic officers at the airport.

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