In a series of successful operations, the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have made significant strides in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse. The agency’s efforts have led to the arrest of several suspects and the seizure of various illicit substances in different locations across Nigeria.
At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, NDLEA operatives apprehended a 19-year-old student, Benjamin Nnamani Daberechi, who was allegedly attempting to export 7.2 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in crayfish. Daberechi was intercepted during an outward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight. Upon a thorough search of his luggage, the whitish substance was discovered neatly concealed inside a sack of crayfish. A field test confirmed the substance to be methamphetamine.
In a separate operation, the Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA intercepted a consignment of 116.5 kilograms of Colorado, a potent strain of cannabis. The illicit substance was concealed in bags hidden among used vehicle parts inside a container imported from Toronto, Canada.
Additionally, the NDLEA’s Directorate of Operation and General Investigations (DOGI) foiled attempts to export illicit substances through courier companies. A seizure of 336 grams of skunk stuffed inside computer hard drives destined for Dubai was made at one courier firm. Another suspect, Ibrahim Analu, was arrested at Iddo motor park in Lagos while attempting to send 151,700 pills of opioids to Kaduna. At a different courier firm, a shipment from Douala, Cameroon, passing through Nigeria to Oman was found to contain 4.830 kilograms of skunk concealed in cans of palm fruit paste.
Further operations resulted in the arrest of a female lawyer, Ebikpolade Helen, in Awka, Anambra State, for her alleged involvement in the production and distribution of “skuchies,” a mixture of cannabis, opioids, and black currant. Several other individuals were also apprehended across various locations with different quantities of illicit substances, including codeine-based cough syrup and cannabis.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the efforts of the agency’s officers and men across multiple commands. He praised their tenacity and urged them to remain vigilant in the ongoing fight against drug abuse and trafficking.
The operations highlight the commitment of the NDLEA to combat drug-related crimes and safeguard the well-being of the Nigerian population. The agency’s relentless efforts continue to contribute significantly to reducing the availability and circulation of illicit substances in the country.
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