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Pregnant woman, widow arrested in NDLEA’s latest crackdown on illicit drugs

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a commercial bus conveying N3.2m counterfeit cash reportedly owned by three suspects: eight-month pregnant…

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a commercial bus conveying N3.2m counterfeit cash reportedly owned by three suspects: eight-month pregnant Favour Peter, 24; Esther Adukwu, 27, and Ochigbo Michael, 39.

Femi Babafemi, the spokesman of the NDLEA, said this in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday.

He said the trio were arrested at Jabi motor park in Abuja in an operation on Tuesday, 9th April, 2024, following the seizure of the fake naira notes in Lokoja, Kogi State.

This is as NDLEA officers in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Navy Ship Lugard base, Lokoja, intercepted 37-year-old Aliyu Lawal along Lokoja-Abuja road on Monday 8th April and recovered 620 blocks of cannabis weighing 310kgs from him, while 10 sacks of the same psychoactive substance weighing 98kgs were seized along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja express way by NDLEA operatives from Jama Obodo, 44, in a commercial bus coming from Ilesha, Osun state enroute Taraba State on Wednesday 10th April.

In Cross River State, a 40-year-old widow and mother of two, Mrs. Theodora Ita was on Monday 8th April arrested at Bassey Edom, Calabar, by NDLEA operatives for producing and selling a lethal new psychoactive substance, NPS, locally called ‘Combine’, which is a mixture of different strains of cannabis and opioids soaked in raw gin.

As at the time of her arrest, 18 litres of the dangerous substance in used paint drums were recovered from her.
‘In her statement, she claimed she started the illicit drug production and distribution in October 2023,” Babafemi said.

Another suspect, Godwin Okon Samuel, 48, was apprehended at Essit Ebum area of Calabar with 39.4kgs of cannabis sativa on Tuesday 9th April.

While two suspects: Sani Mohammed, 43, and Christopher Eze, 64, were arrested in Sabon Gari area of Kano State on Tuesday 9th April with 900,000 pills of opioid recovered from them, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Owerri-Onitsha road, Imo State on Friday 12th April intercepted a logistics truck with registration number JGB 403XB and recovered 230 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 119kgs hidden under household items after a thorough search.
At least 252kgs of cannabis were seized during a raid at Ijesa Isu forest, Ekiti State on Saturday 13th April while four suspects: Adamu Umar, 39; Abdullahi A Gimba, 27; Julius Uduakhomu, 28; and Micheal Sunday, 24, were nabbed loading 40kgs of same substance to the engine compartment of a gas truck at Agho village, Owan East, Edo State.
Two motorcycles used in conveying the consignment to where the gas truck heading to the North was parked, were also recovered.

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