Tuesday, December 7

NDLEA nab nursing mother for trafficking skunks, while on bail for previously smuggling drug

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has said that it’s operatives have intercepted some London, United Kingdom-bound consignments of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and cannabis at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State.

Spokesman of the Agency, Femi Babafemi, who made this known in a statement on Sunday, said during outward routine clearance of cargoes at the NAHCO export shed of the airport on Thursday October 28, narcotic officers intercepted 20 parcels of cocaine weighing 1.2 kilogrammes concealed in packets of Zee black soap.

He said 23 parcels of heroin weighing 1.4kg hidden in packets of Zee black soap and 39 parcels of 2.35kg methamphetamine concealed in another black soap packet were also recovered.

The NDLEA spokesman recalled that a cargo was also intercepted at the NAHCO shed of the MMIA, on October 21, where 7.35kgs of cannabis concealed inside some tablets of a black soap was recovered.

Babafemi however said three suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures.

He said “Barely a week after she was arrested and granted bail for attempting to smuggle drugs concealed in cassava flour meal called ‘akpu’ into NDLEA cell for a suspect in custody, a nursing mother who claimed to be a part-time 400-level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, Mariam Adetilewa Dirisu, has again been arrested for trafficking in 5kg skunk and 8.1grams of Molly.

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“The 35-year-old mother of a two month-old-baby was first arrested on October 21 by the Edo State Command of the agency. The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.), had on the same day directed that she be counselled and released immediately because of the young baby she was carrying.

“Curiously, a controlled delivery operation carried out by operatives of the Delta State Command of the agency on Saturday, October 30, again led to the arrest of Mariam, who ordered the drugs from Lagos, even while still on bail for an earlier offence,” Babbfemi said.

The agency also said it seized 1,645kg of cannabis and arrested some suspects in three interdiction operations in different parts of Ondo state.

The NDLEA said it’s operatives on October 28 stormed the Emure cannabis farm camp where they busted 313kg of cannabis and seven suspects were arrested.

The agency listed the names of the suspects as; Simon Taiwo, Michael Nnaji, Paul Godwin, Ezugu Lucky, M. Suleiman, Omolu Sunday and David Udofia.

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“Operatives had the previous day raided the Ipele-Idoani Forest where 534kg of abandoned compressed cannabis was recovered just as a total of 798kg of cannabis was seized from two suspects: Gbenga Falodun and Faseyitan Opeyemi at the Ikare Junction, in the Owo area of the state.

“Also recovered from them were a white Mercedes Benz truck and monetary exhibit of N20,000,” the agency stated.

 The NDLEA said that two other suspected fake security agents: Umar Ibrahim and Sadiq Abubakar, and their accomplice, one Auwal Hassan, were arrested in Kogi State, while conveying a total of 105.4kg of cannabis from Ondo State to Kaduna State on October 30 in a Mercedes Benz when they were apprehended.

The statement added that “Raids on three black spots in Oshodi, Ikeja and Ogba areas of Lagos State on October 23 also led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female SS II student of the Idi-Araba Senior High School, Walaka Adams, who was arrested at 72, Mafoluku Road, Oshodi, with 100g of cannabis sativa; Sodiq Ganun, a 24-year-old wielder with 200g of cannabis at the same address; and Tajudeen Azeez, arrested at Ipodo, Ikeja, with 9g of cocaine. 

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The operatives also busted a drug joint in the Ogba area of Ikeja, where different quantities of abandoned drugs, such as molly, rohypnol and codeine-based syrups were also recovered”.

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