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Drug trafficking: NDLEA arrests Pakistani businessmen, visually-impaired Nigerien

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with 8kgs of cocaine…

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with 8kgs of cocaine concealed in a public address system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha.

The two suspects: Asif Muhammed, 45, and Hussain Naveed, 57, who hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake are frequent travellers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business.

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The spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that the duo were arrested on Saturday, November 5, at the Lagos airport barely a week after they came to Nigeria, on Sunday 30th October.

He also said that operatives on patrol at Malumfashi-Zaria road in Katsina State, arrested a visually-impaired man, Bukar Haruna, 52, and his son Saka Haruna, 30 while heading to Niger republic with 20.5kg of cannabis and 10 grams of Exol-5.

It was gathered that they hail from the Damagram area of Niger Republic.

“Operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday 4th November seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan. The consignment has a total weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of pharmaceutical opioids.

“The previous day, Thursday 3rd November, operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the airport also intercepted a consignment of different illicit drugs: Cannabis, Cocaine and Methamphetamine as well as Tramadol 225mg and Rohypnol concealed in footwear and soap packs going to UAE, Dubai.

“A 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufunmilayo who presented the consignment for export was arrested,” Babafemi said.

Meanwhile, two businessmen who have been on the run for months over their involvement in drug trafficking have been arrested by anti-narcotic officers assigned to track them.

Nnebo Ikechukwu Christopher who has been wanted for his role in the importation of 40 cartons containing 346,800 pills of Co-codamol, a brand of paracetamol with Codeine seized at the cargo wing of the MMIA local airport since March 2022, was arrested on Thursday 3rd November.

In the same vein, operatives on the trail of an automobile parts dealer, Omeje Oliver (a.k.a David Mark) since April eventually arrested him on Monday 31st October in Enugu where he fled to after abandoning his business at Aspanda, Trade Fair Complex Lagos.

He was wanted in connection with the seizure of 600 grams of heroin concealed inside the soles of ladies’ footwear going to Liberia on April 16.

“On the same day Omeje was arrested, operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport intercepted 550 grams of cannabis loud concealed in machine parts going to Dubai, UAE, while the sender, Ogbure Victor Ifeanyi was later arrested,” Babafemi added.