The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that a group of drug cartels have abducted an unnamed retired personnel of the agency after officers arrested a 19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir, in Benue State.
The spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said this on Sunday in Abuja in a statement.
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He said that Achir was arrested with 5.5kg Cannabis and 112grams of Diazepam on Wednesday 6 October in Aliade area of the state.
“Other members of the arrested lady’s cartel abducted the retired NDLEA personnel from that community who they assumed was still a serving officer, took him to a forest and demanded the release of the suspect in custody before their victim would be freed,” Babafemi said.
He also said that NDLEA officers arrested no fewer than 110 drug dealers in nine states across the country when their hideouts were dismantled and assorted illicit substances seized, in the past week.
He listed the states as Lagos, where notorious drug joints in Maza Maza, Alakija, Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin, Oluti, Isheri roundabout, and Igando were raided on Thursday 7 October 2021, with 16 suspects arrested.
He said that different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, Diazepam, Cannabis and other psychoactive substances were intercepted.
“The raid of the house of a drug kingpin in Ruga area of Mararaba, Karu LGA, in Nasarawa led to the recovery of 30 bags of cannabis weighing 362.5kg while in Akwa Ibom State, three male suspects were arrested on Wednesday 6th October during a raid of drug joints in Oron area with over 25 kilograms of drugs seized.
“In Ondo, a notorious drug dealer at Ogbani-Oja Okitipupa, Okitipupa LGA, Adedugba Adeyemi, a.k.a Oyinbo, was arrested in his fortified den, where different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin and Skunk were recovered.
“In Kano, one Shamsuddeen Muhammad was arrested with 21.6kg cannabis, well-concealed inside empty cartons, while in Oyo state, no fewer than 12 persons were arrested at drug joints raided and dismantled across the state,” he said.
He also listed Kwara State, where 38 suspects were arrested and 29.585kg assorted drugs including Cocaine, Meth, Tramadol, Diazepam and others recovered from them across seven drug joints in Lafiagi apart from Rivers State, where three persons were arrested from drug joints in Oyigbo and Kara oil mill area of the state on Saturday 9 October.
In a related development, over 5kg of Methamphetamine and Cannabis concealed in soles of ladies’ shoes, body cream and auto spare parts heading to Australia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Hong Kong were intercepted in four courier firms in Lagos by narcotic officers in the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, of the agency.