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NDLEA nabs 4 wanted kingpins with illicit drugs in Lagos, Abuja

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two ladies and two men wanted in connection with over 16,000kgs (16 tons) of…

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two ladies and two men wanted in connection with over 16,000kgs (16 tons) of illicit drugs intercepted in Lagos, Abuja and the Netherlands.

The spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said this on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, anti-narcotics officers in Lagos who have been on the trail of 48-year-old, Aro Aderinde, for weeks, arrested him on October 16 over his involvement in the export of 3,149kgs cannabis sativa concealed in coconut fibres via container number MSKU 1820587.

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In the same vein, two women — Hauwawu Bashiru and Basirat Adebisi Yahaya — linked to an attempt to export 90 kgs of methamphetamine through Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong of Promise of Zion Church, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, were equally arrested in Lagos and moved to Uyo to face charges along with the clergyman.

Pastor Effiong was earlier arrested on Saturday 6th August.

Meanwhile, a notorious drug dealer in the Mushin-Isolo axis of Lagos State, Monday Michael, 45, was arrested on Monday, October 17, while conveying 365.7kgs of cannabis in two Toyota Sienna space buses marked FST 189 FD and FST 273 GF.

Another drug lord, Abdulkadir Mohammed, 47, wanted over the seizure of 5,640kgs cannabis at a warehouse in Chukuku area of Kuje, Abuja, was nabbed on Sunday, October 16, following the arrest of his wife, Saadatu Abdullahi, 35, who was found at the store when it was raided.

In a related development, 10 suspects were arrested in Edo State in connection with the seizure of 4,870.2kgs cannabis in parts of the state. On October 19, operatives stormed Ohusu forest boundary, Ovia south west local government area of the state, where they recovered a total of 3,159.7kgs and arrested three suspects — Effiong Udo, Daniel Asuquo Ebong, and Asuquo Effiong.

Similarly, on October 22, operatives intercepted a Toyota Sienna space bus conveying 49 bags of C/S weighing 638.5kgs along Uwenusi road in Uhunmonde LGA, while 36kgs of the same substance stored in the bush along Uromi/Ubiaja road were equally recovered.

In another operation, three suspects, John Paul, Liberty Rolland, and Aboki Stephen were arrested at Okpe in Akoko Edo with 55kgs of cannabis.

No less than 127kgs of C/S were seized and a suspect, Pius Okon John, arrested while 854kgs of the same substance were recovered when operatives raided Okpe forest where some cannabis farms were destroyed.

In Ondo State, operatives stormed the Aponmu forest in Idanre LGA where 52 bags of C/S weighing 676kgs and recovered the truck being used to load the consignment.

The trio of Christopher Amuzoga, Chikogu Samuel and Ijeoma Okenna were arrested with 690kgs of cannabis at Ipele forest on October 18.

In Kano State, operatives arrested Isah Suleman Mohammed and Sandra Okafor in the Dakata area on October 21 after they were caught with 538 blocks of C/S weighing 391.2kgs, 259,000 tablets of tramadol; 100 bottles of Codeine based syrup, and 150,000 tablets of pregabalin.

This followed the arrest of Abel John and Helen James with 328.7kgs C/S at the Gonin Gora area of Kaduna, while 5,000 tablets of tramadol and 25,000 tablets of Exol-5 were recovered along Abuja-Kaduna express road.

In the same vein, a suspect, Yahaya Musa, was arrested on Sunday, October 16, at Tashar Yari, Kaduna, with over 30,000 tablets of tramadol, diazepam and Exol-5.

In Bauchi, a suspect, Ogbonna Ikechukwu, was arrested at Gadar Maiwa, Ningi LGA, with 67,960 tablets of various types of psychotropic substances, while in Akwa Ibom State, operatives raided the Marina market, Eket, where quantities of illicit substances along with N1,193.060 cash and N849,000.00 fake currency were recovered from fleeing suspects.

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